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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
817 Federal Street
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Melville Ackerman is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ackerman include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Ackerman is affiliated with Cooper University Health Care. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare. Before completing his residency at Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Ackerman attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine.

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All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Packer's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hernia surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Packer's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz is a specialist in pediatric urology. His areas of expertise include phimosis, varicocele, and microsurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. Dr. Zaontz graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zaontz has received professional recognition including the following: America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors. Dr. Zaontz's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in Urology
3509 North Broad Street; 5 East
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Roth's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is affiliated with Abington Health, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. He is open to new patients. Dr. Roth studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2601 E Allegheny Avenue; Suite 1
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Lisa Dructor is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: syncope (fainting), headache, and eczema. Dr. Dructor is professionally affiliated with Virtua Marlton Hospital and Associates in Internal Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Diabetes Management, Cellulitis, Conjunctivitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Edema, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1233 Locust Street; Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kelly Dzialo's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dzialo include bulimia, warts, and cardiac risk reduction. She obtained her medical school training at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and performed her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Dzialo is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Cellulitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rhodora D Mangaser, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
1600 Haddon Avenue; Department of Neonatology
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Rhodora Mangaser practices neonatology. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Immunization, Eating Disorders, Croup, Wounds, ... (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.
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