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

Dr. Mario Moquete practices adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Moquete's hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Moquete is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Moquete attended National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena for medical school. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. M. Islam practices adult gastroenterology in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Islam obtained his medical school training at Dhaka Medical College and performed his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. M. Anwer's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Anwer (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He graduated from Dow Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Anwer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Shams Tabrez, who practices in Apopka, FL, Saint Cloud, FL, and Kissimmee, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tabrez's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Rawalpindi Medical College and the University of the Punjab and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Tabrez (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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

Dr. Giovanni Spatola's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Spatola (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Spatola is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. For his residency, Dr. Spatola trained at Florida Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Spatola is an in-network provider for 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: 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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