We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Medigap Medicare Supplement Plans near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Kuntal Mihir Thaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kuntal Thaker sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Thaker a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Thaker focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Thaker's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Ghassemi focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghassemi is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Ghassemi is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Persian.

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Dr. Kathrin Rachel Sidell, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Before completing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Sidell attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sidell accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Jeanne M Gallagher, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jeanne Gallagher is a general pediatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Scotts Valley, CA. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gallagher is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Gallagher completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Gallagher is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has a closed panel.

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Dr. Susan E Borba, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Susan Borba's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Borba has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Borba speaks Spanish.

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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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