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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
Prof. Arts Building; Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Raquel Empedrad is an allergist/immunologist. Dr. Empedrad's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Empedrad is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Empedrad obtained Dr. Empedrad's medical school training at Cebu Institute of Medicine and Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and performed Dr. Empedrad's residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Empedrad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, 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. George Alec Belecanech, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
205 North Broad Street; Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. George Belecanech practices allergy & immunology. These areas are among Dr. Belecanech's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Recognized as a "Top Doc" by South Jersey Magazine. Dr. Belecanech is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, 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. Marc Fred Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
205 North Broad Street; Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Marc Goldstein is an allergist/immunologist. Dr. Goldstein's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Goldstein include: 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 Jeffrey Dvorin, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
205 North Broad Street; Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Donald Dvorin's specialty is allergy & immunology. Before performing his residency at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Dvorin attended Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation for medical school. Dr. Dvorin's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dvorin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, 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 Allergy & Immunology
205 North Broad Street; Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nancy Gordon is an allergist/immunologist. Dr. Gordon graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Gordon trained at Temple University Hospital. Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Irene Christa Haralabatos, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
Prof. Arts Building; Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Irene Haralabatos' area of specialization is allergy & immunology. Her clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Haralabatos is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. She is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Parkland Health & Hospital System. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Amit Maganlal Bhalodia, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1000 Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Amit Bhalodia's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhalodia include post-polio syndrome (PPS), warts, and ankle sprain. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Bhalodia attended medical school at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems, celiac disease, vomiting, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, hypergastrinemia, diarrhea, diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, intestinal (bowel) problems, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Diabetes Management, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Eating ... (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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