We found 7 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Silver HMO near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Dr Ml King Jr Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In Dr. Arasu's practice, he is particularly interested in colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Arasu attended Stanley Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for residency. He speaks Spanish. He is 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)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and esophageal surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Huguet honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Huguet is 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)

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1839 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Hazem Al-Andary's specialty is adult hospital medicine. Dr. Al-Andary (or staff) is conversant in Lebanese and Arabic. Dr. Al-Andary has indicated that his clinical interests include hospital care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Rao a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli is a general internist in Seminole, FL. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Natoli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. Dr. Natoli 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N.
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby works as a general internist. Dr. Digby is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Digby attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3831 16th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan practices general internal medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nirmalan is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. 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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