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We found 10 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Gold HMO near Largo, FL.

Dr. Justin R Nudell, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 200
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Justin Nudell, who practices in Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Nudell speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He takes 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. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel sees patients in Largo, FL. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Medical College Baroda for medical school, he completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao practices general internal medicine in Pinellas Park, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rao honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Rao attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Largo Medical Center, Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Finkelstein is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network 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: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bartholomew Fred Natoli, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli practices general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Natoli a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Natoli include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Natoli attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He trained at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson for residency. He speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan's specialty is general internal medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kanaan trained at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Kanaan is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby works as an internist in Tampa, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital. Dr. Digby 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. Before completing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Digby attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Sara Michelle Downs, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs practices general internal medicine. Dr. Downs is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. After attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Jane King, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mary King is a general internist. Dr. King is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. King studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's medical specialty is general internal medicine. After completing medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Clinical interests for Dr. Saccente include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. Dr. Saccente is rated 4.5 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. Saccente honors. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (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.