We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Horizon HMO near Bala Cynwyd, PA.

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Dr. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz works as a pediatric urologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zaontz include phimosis, varicocele, and microsurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Zaontz takes United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, AmeriHealth, and more. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. Dr. Zaontz has received professional recognition including the following: America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors. He is affiliated with Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. Dr. Zaontz has an open panel.

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All Interests: Phimosis, Varicocele, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Kidney Stones, Surgical ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
3509 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Packer's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Packer's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Packer is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
3509 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Roth has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Roth include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Abington Health, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. He is open to new patients. Dr. Roth obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
501 N. Lansdowne Avenue; Administration Office
Drexel Hill, PA
 

Dr. David Headley's medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Headley's areas of expertise include the following: cardiac risk reduction, metabolic syndrome, and syncope (fainting). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Headley takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Devon Health Services. He is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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All Interests: Diabetes Management, Incontinence, Cellulitis, Electrolyte Disorders, Conjunctivitis, Erectile ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1233 Locust Street; Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kelly Dzialo works as a pediatrician. Her areas of expertise include the following: bulimia, warts, and cardiac risk reduction. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, Dr. Dzialo completed her residency training at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare.

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All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Cellulitis, ... (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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