We found 3 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Aetna QPOS near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1900 West Polk Street; 11th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla practices pediatric gastroenterology in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Kagalwalla attended the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bass takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Maria Triantafyllopoulou Greene, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maria Greene's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric hepatology (liver disease); she sees patients in Chicago, IL. After attending the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Monmouth Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Greene include pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Greek. Dr. Greene's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Swallowing Problems

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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.
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