We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Vernon Hills, IL.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric General Surgery
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 110
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Rashmi Kabre's medical specialty is thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery. Before performing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Kabre attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school. In Dr. Kabre's practice, she is particularly interested in surgical procedures. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kabre is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Inguinal Hernia, Tumor, Neonatal Surgery, Abdominal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
225 N. Milwaukee Avenue; Suite 1500
Vernon Hills, IL
 

Dr. Monica Borkar's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Borkar speaks French. She has indicated that her clinical interests include colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. Dr. Borkar attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
225 N. Milwaukee Avenue; Suite 1500
Vernon Hills, IL
 

Dr. David Labowitz's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Labowitz trained at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Labowitz's areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Labowitz accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
830 W. End Court; Suite 500
Vernon Hills, IL
 

Dr. Vincent Biank's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Biank's areas of expertise consist of abdominal pain and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Biank is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Abdominal Pain, Acid Reflux

Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 102
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Frank Martini, who practices in Lake Forest, IL and Grayslake, IL, is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). His areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, hydrogen breath test, and capsule endoscopy. Dr. Martini's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Martini is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hydrogen Breath Test, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

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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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