We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Vernon Hills, IL.

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Frank G. Martini, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Gastroenterology, Other
average rating 4.27 stars (9 ratings)
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 102
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Frank Martini's areas of specialization are general practice and gastroenterology (digestive system). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Martini attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Martini include inflammatory bowel disease, hydrogen breath test, and capsule endoscopy. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martini honors. Dr. Martini's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hydrogen Breath Test, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Capsule ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.35 stars (5 ratings)
225 N. Milwaukee Avenue; Suite 1500
Vernon Hills, IL
 

Dr. Monica Borkar is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Borkar is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Borkar speaks French. She is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.5 stars (2 ratings)
225 N. Milwaukee Avenue; Suite 1500
Vernon Hills, IL
 

Dr. David Labowitz's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Labowitz is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
830 W. End Court; Suite 500
Vernon Hills, IL
 

Dr. Vincent Biank is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include abdominal pain and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. Dr. Biank is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Dr. Biank performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Abdominal Pain, Acid Reflux

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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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