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We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Vernon Hills, IL.

Dr. Rashmi Dilip Kabre, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric General Surgery
Outpatient Center In Lake Forest; 900 N. Westmoreland
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Rashmi Kabre is a thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kabre include surgical procedures. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kabre graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Monica Borkar works as a gastroenterologist in Glenview, IL and Vernon Hills, IL. Dr. Borkar attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. She has a special interest in colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She speaks French. Dr. Borkar is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Vincent F Biank, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
830 W. End Court; Suite 500
Vernon Hills, IL
 

Dr. Vincent Biank works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Evanston, IL, Skokie, IL, and Glenview, IL. His areas of expertise include abdominal pain and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Biank is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for residency. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Abdominal Pain, Acid Reflux

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

Dr. David Labowitz practices adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Labowitz is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Labowitz attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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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.