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

Dr. Raquel Empedrad is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Empedrad's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Empedrad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. Dr. Empedrad takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing Dr. Empedrad's residency at Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Empedrad attended Cebu Institute of Medicine and Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine for medical school.

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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 specializes in adult allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Belecanech include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Belecanech is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. His education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Belecanech honors. 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 Fred Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Marc Goldstein practices adult allergy & immunology. His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Goldstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Goldstein 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. Nancy Deborah Gordon, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nancy Gordon's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. Before performing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Gordon attended Temple University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gordon include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her 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. Donald Jeffrey Dvorin, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2137 Welsh Road; Suite 2b
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Donald Dvorin is an allergy & immunology specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dvorin takes. He graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and then he performed his residency at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Dvorin'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 a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Haralabatos include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Haralabatos is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for residency.

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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 specializes in pediatric urology. Dr. Zaontz's areas of expertise include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; and Top Rated Physicians in America. He is professionally affiliated with 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). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Roth takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Abington Health. Dr. Roth 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. Michael Gordon Packer, MD
Specializes in Urology
2701 Blair Mill Road
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Michael Packer's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. Dr. Packer accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, QualCare, and more. 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. He is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Abington Health. Dr. Packer 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)

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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.