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 sees patients in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He 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 studied medicine at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. His residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. His hospital/clinic 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 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 medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bass is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bass trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Bass focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bass 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). In her practice, Dr. Greene focuses on pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greene honors. Dr. Greene is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Monmouth Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Greene speaks Greek. Her professional 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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