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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
301 East City Line Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Raquel Empedrad practices allergy & immunology. Dr. Empedrad's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. She is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Allergic Disease Associates. She graduated from Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Nassau University Medical Center. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, Ear Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Zaontz is a physician who specializes in pediatric urology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Patient ratings for Dr. Zaontz average 3.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zaontz accepts. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Zaontz include: America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors. Dr. Zaontz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. George A Belecanech, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
301 East City Line Avenue; Suite 140
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. George Belecanech specializes in allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Belecanech include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Allergic Disease Associates. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Belecanech attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized as a "Top Doc" by South Jersey Magazine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc F Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
301 East City Line Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Marc Goldstein specializes in allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goldstein include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Allergic Disease Associates. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Goldstein attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Goldstein has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Courier Post's 2008 Best of South Jersey Doctors; and Recognized in Delaware Valley Consumers 2007 Best Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald J Dvorin, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
301 East City Line Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Donald Dvorin's specialty is allergy & immunology. Dr. Dvorin has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Dvorin include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation for medical school, he completed his residency training at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Allergic Disease Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos San Pedro Madamba, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Carlos Madamba is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Madamba's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver tumor. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Madamba's residency was performed at Bergen Regional Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Kennedy Health System, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer, gastrointestinal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Ear ... (Read more)

Dr. Irene C Haralabatos, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
301 East City Line Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Irene Haralabatos' medical specialty is allergy & immunology. Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Haralabatos is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Allergic Disease Associates. She is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a graduate of Parkland Health & Hospital System's residency program. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
301 East City Line Avenue; Suite 140
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Nancy Gordon practices allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gordon include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Gordon's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Allergic Disease Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
3509 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Packer is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. Dr. Packer is professionally affiliated with Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Abington Health, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in Urology
3509 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Roth's professional affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Abington Health, and Lankenau Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Roth attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roth accepts. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. David Headley specializes in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Headley is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Headley include cardiac risk reduction, metabolic syndrome, and syncope (fainting). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, Devon Health Services, and more. Dr. Headley is affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), diverticular disease, peptic ulcer, stomach problems, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

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's specialty is general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dzialo include bulimia, warts, and cardiac risk reduction. She is affiliated with Advocare Merchantville Pediatrics. Dr. Dzialo accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), vomiting, gastritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

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

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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