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We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO 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 medical specialist in thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery. Dr. Kabre is especially interested in surgical procedures. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. She attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. She trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Her professional 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 is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Monica Borkar is a gastroenterologist in Glenview, IL and Vernon Hills, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Borkar include colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Borkar accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Borkar is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. She is conversant in French. She is 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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. He has indicated that his clinical interests include abdominal pain and acid reflux (GERD). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Biank accepts. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Labowitz attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux (GERD). He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Frank Martini practices gastroenterology (digestive system). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martini include inflammatory bowel disease, hydrogen breath test, and capsule endoscopy. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Martini trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Martini's office for an appointment.

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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.