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We found 9 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield near Willow Grove, PA.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Raquel Empedrad specializes in allergy & immunology. Dr. Empedrad's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Empedrad is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Empedrad is a graduate of Cebu Institute of Medicine and Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine. Dr. Empedrad's training includes a residency program at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Empedrad 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. George Alec Belecanech, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. George Belecanech's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Before performing his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center, Dr. Belecanech attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Belecanech include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Belecanech takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Recognized as a "Top Doc" by South Jersey Magazine. His professional 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. Marc Fred Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Marc Goldstein is a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goldstein include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Goldstein is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Goldstein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for his residency. He has received distinctions including 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
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Donald Dvorin is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Dvorin obtained his medical school training at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and performed his residency at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Dvorin 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)

Dr. Nancy Deborah Gordon, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nancy Gordon's specialty is allergy & immunology. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Gordon trained at Temple University Hospital. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Gordon'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. Irene Christa Haralabatos, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Irene Haralabatos is an allergist and immunologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Haralabatos include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Haralabatos attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Her professional 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. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
2701 Blair Mill Road; Suite 6
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Clinical interests for Dr. Zaontz include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Zaontz attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; and Top Rated Physicians in America. His professional affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Zaontz has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Jonathan Adrian Roth, MD
Specializes in Urology
2701 Blair Mill Road
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Roth is in-network for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Abington Health. Dr. Roth is open to 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. Michael Gordon Packer, MD
Specializes in Urology
2701 Blair Mill Road
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Michael Packer's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. Dr. Packer takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Packer is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Abington Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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