We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Everyday Health near Kissimmee, FL.

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Dr. M. Sirajul Siraj Ul Islam, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
710 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. M. Islam is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Islam graduated from Dhaka Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Islam trained at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Hemorrhoidectomy, Gastroparesis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Felipe Moquete, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
809 E Oak Street; Suite 201
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Mario Moquete sees patients in Kissimmee, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moquete's education and training includes medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. Dr. Moquete is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Manometry, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Esophageal Ulcer, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
210 E. Monument Avenue; Suite A
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. M. Anwer is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Anwer (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. Dr. Anwer is a graduate of Dow Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Anwer has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Manometry, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shams S.M. Tabrez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
818 W. Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Shams Tabrez works as a gastroenterologist. Patients gave Dr. Tabrez an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Tabrez attended Rawalpindi Medical College for medical school. Dr. Tabrez (or staff) speaks Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Anoscopy, Esophagitis, Esophageal Ulcer, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
12500 S Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando, FL
 

Dr. Giovanni Spatola specializes in family medicine. Dr. Spatola (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He completed his residency training at Florida Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Acid Reflux, Cholesterol Problems

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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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