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We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept United Healthcare near Kissimmee, FL.

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 and Tallahassee, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Moquete is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He graduated from National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. For his residency, Dr. Moquete trained at Montefiore Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Moquete at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. 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: Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, ERCP, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Small Intestine ... (Read more)

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

Dr. M. Islam is an adult gastroenterologist in Kissimmee, FL, Tallahassee, FL, and Saint Cloud, FL. He accepts 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 Dhaka Medical College and residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. In addition to English, Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Islam's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Giovanni Spatola practices family medicine in Orlando, FL and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Dr. Spatola's medical residency was performed at Florida Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Spatola (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Spatola is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Ruiz's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Ruiz is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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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.