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We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Aetna QPOS near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Erin Elizabeth Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
225 E. Chicago Avenue; #63
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Erin Rowell's medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. She has a special interest in surgical procedures. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rowell honors. Dr. Rowell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and a graduate of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital's residency program. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kagalwalla include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Dr. Kagalwalla is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College. Dr. Kagalwalla's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Lee Bass specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bass is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Maria Greene is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Greene is conversant in Greek. Her areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Monmouth Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greene accepts. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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.