We found 6 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Philadelphia, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
817 Federal Street
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Melville Ackerman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Ackerman's clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is affiliated with Cooper University Health Care. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ackerman attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Cooper University Hospital for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz is a pediatric urologist. Dr. Zaontz is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zaontz include phimosis, varicocele, and microsurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. He honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, AmeriHealth, and more. Dr. Zaontz's practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer practices urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Packer's areas of expertise include kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. He is affiliated with Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. Dr. Packer honors 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)

Dr. Steven F Santangelo, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
6981 N Park Drive; Suite 200
Pennsauken, NJ
 

Dr. Steven Santangelo's specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Santangelo include cardiac risk reduction, ankle sprain, and sports physicals. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Santangelo attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Diabetes Management, Incontinence, Conjunctivitis, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
5 East; 3509 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Roth include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Roth is professionally affiliated with Abington Health, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roth takes. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Roth's medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Kelly Dzialo practices general pediatrics. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Dzialo's areas of expertise include the following: bulimia, warts, and cardiac risk reduction. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, QualCare, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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