We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept BlueOptions All Copay 1424 near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Saleem Saleem-Ul Islam, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road; Room 7209
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mirza Islam is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in pediatric surgery. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. His areas of expertise include the following: fistula, pyloric stenosis, and pectus excavatum. He is affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. He attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. Dr. Islam honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Listed in Best Doctors in America (2011, 2012); Equal Access Clinic Service Award; and Resident Teacher of the year award (Surgery Residents), University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Cellulitis, Gastroparesis, Pyloric Stenosis, Failure to Thrive, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Suarez Estores Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. David Estores is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Estores's areas of expertise consist of barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and esophageal spasm. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Estores is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Spasm, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux

Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Anil Sharma is an adult gastroenterologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sharma include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Sharma is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Amritsar. Dr. Sharma (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health), North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux

Dr. Shawn David Larson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shawn Larson works as a pediatric surgeon in Gainesville, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: fistula, thyroid problems, and pyloric stenosis. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) Shands Children's Hospital. Dr. Larson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Sheffield Medical School and performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Larson has received professional recognition including the following: American Pediatric Surgery Foundation Scholar; UF Department of Surgery Research Career Development Award; and Resident of the Month, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Appendicitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Cellulitis, Fistula, Pyloric ... (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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