We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept United Healthcare 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. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Moquete is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He attended National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and then went on to complete his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moquete accepts. He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Saint Cloud, FL and Kissimmee, FL. Dr. Islam is affiliated with 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. Before completing his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn, Dr. Islam attended medical school at Dhaka Medical College. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Giovanni Spatola is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Spatola is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His residency was performed at Florida Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Spatola (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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 is an otolaryngologist. Dr. Ruiz is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Patient ratings for Dr. Ruiz average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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