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

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

Dr. Monica Borkar's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. She is conversant in French. Clinical interests for Dr. Borkar include colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Borkar is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Borkar is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Rashmi Dilip Kabre, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric General Surgery
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 110
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Rashmi Kabre is a thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery specialist. Dr. Kabre has a special interest in surgical procedures. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. Before performing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Kabre attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Kabre has a closed panel.

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

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

Dr. David Labowitz practices adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Labowitz include inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Labowitz is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Medical Center's residency program.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Evanston, IL, Skokie, IL, and Glenview, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: abdominal pain and acid reflux (GERD). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Biank takes. Dr. Biank graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Dr. Biank's residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Abdominal Pain, Acid Reflux

Dr. Frank G Martini, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 102
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Frank Martini is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. Dr. Martini's clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hydrogen breath test, and capsule endoscopy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Martini attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his 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.
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