We found 11 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Dr Ml King Jr Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Arasu speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Arasu obtained his medical school training at Stanley Medical College and performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arasu accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Lee Huguet, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet is an in-network provider for 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Huguet is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Esophagus Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Justin Nudell is an adult gastroenterology specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Nudell is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nudell completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nudell accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Blood Tests, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Flexible ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernest Leonard Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10000 Bay Pines Boulevard
Bay Pines, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Digiovanni works as a gastroenterologist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Digiovanni is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Hazem Fuad Al Andary, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
5500 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Hazem Al-Andary works as an internal medicine hospitalist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include hospital care. Dr. Al-Andary's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Al-Andary takes. Dr. Al-Andary attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Al-Andary (or staff) is conversant in Lebanese and Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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)

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao practices general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rao accepts. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Rao is professionally affiliated with 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. Bartholomew Fred Natoli, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli practices general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Natoli include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. Dr. Natoli speaks Italian. He is 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. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N.
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital. Dr. Digby accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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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 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs' specialty is general internal medicine. After attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Downs completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3831 16th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan is a general internist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. Nirmalan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Nirmalan attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Nirmalan is conversant in Tamil. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, ... (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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