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We found 9 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1431 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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

Dr. Kevin Huguet is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. Dr. Huguet is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Huguet trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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: Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thiru Arasu, who practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. On average, patients gave Dr. Arasu a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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. He attended Stanley Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Arasu is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Pinellas Park, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Rao is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her 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. Bartholomew Fred Natoli, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli's medical specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Natoli is 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. In addition to English, Dr. Natoli 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. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N.
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
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Downs attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), 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. Nadarajah Nirmalan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3831 16th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan works as a general internist. In addition to English, Dr. Nirmalan speaks Tamil. Clinical interests for Dr. Nirmalan include depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Nirmalan graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Mary King works as an internist in Tampa, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. King accepts. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, 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. David Alan Levine, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
4957 38th Avenue N; Suite B
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Levine specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Levine's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and WellPoint. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Levine's residency was performed at Bayfront Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Electrocardiogram, Hypertension, Acid Reflux, ... (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.