We found 7 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 physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Huguet is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Huguet completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Huguet's average rating from his patients is 5.0 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: Whipple Procedure, Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Lumpectomy, Esophagus Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thiru Arasu specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Arasu's clinical interests encompass colonoscopy. He has received a 3.5 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. He attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Arasu trained at Wyler Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Arasu speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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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. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts 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: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N.
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby is a Pinellas Park, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Digby honors. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Digby trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for her residency.

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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. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Natoli's clinical interests include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Natoli accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, Dr. Natoli attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Levine is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and WellPoint are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levine honors. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency 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)

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

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nirmalan accepts. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nirmalan trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is conversant in Tamil. Dr. Nirmalan's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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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