We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept United Healthcare 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Islam honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Dhaka Medical College and then he performed his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. Islam (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Mario Moquete is a Kissimmee, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Moquete speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health, and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Moquete is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Giovanni S Spatola, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12500 S Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando, FL
 

Dr. Giovanni Spatola's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Spatola (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He completed his residency training at Florida Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Spatola is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

Dr. Jose L Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1172 Cypress Glen Circle
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Jose Ruiz works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Kissimmee, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Ruiz is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruiz is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He honors United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ruiz graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Vocal Cord Paralysis, Enlarged Turbinates, Tinnitus, Nosebleeds, Headache, Septoplasty, Botox ... (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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