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We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept First Health near Washington, DC.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; M2408
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Stanley Benjamin is an adult gastroenterologist and pediatric gastroenterologist in Washington, DC. Areas of expertise for Dr. Benjamin include colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and esophagus problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Benjamin accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at National Naval Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington". Dr. Benjamin is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road; 2nd Floor Main- Gastroenterology
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Caren Palese practices adult gastroenterology in Washington, DC. Dr. Palese (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Her areas of expertise consist of swallowing problems (dysphagia) and acid reflux (GERD). She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Palese obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2300 Eye Street, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Shervin Shafa is a gastroenterologist. In addition to English, Dr. Shafa speaks Spanish. Dr. Shafa's clinical interests include colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shafa is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shafa graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and then Dr. Shafa performed Dr. Shafa's residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Shafa is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shafa has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Division of Gastrohterolgy
Washington, DC
 

Dr. John Carroll is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Carroll's clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. His residency was performed at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Carroll has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.