We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Saleem Saleem-Ul Islam, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road; Room 7209
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mirza Islam sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is pediatric surgery. Dr. Islam is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Islam include fistula, pyloric stenosis, and pectus excavatum. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Islam include: Listed in Best Doctors in America (2011, 2012); Equal Access Clinic Service Award; and Resident Teacher of the year award (Surgery Residents), University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Islam is affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Cellulitis, Gastroparesis, Pyloric Stenosis, Failure to Thrive, ... (Read more)

Dr. David S Estores Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. David Estores' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and esophageal spasm. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Estores 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. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Spasm, Acid Reflux, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

Dr. Anil K Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Anil Sharma is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Sharma studied medicine at Government Medical College, Amritsar. He 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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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux

Dr. Shawn David Larson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shawn Larson is a pediatric surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larson include fistula, thyroid problems, and pyloric stenosis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larson takes. He is a graduate of the University of Sheffield Medical School. His residency was performed at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Larson include: American Pediatric Surgery Foundation Scholar; UF Department of Surgery Research Career Development Award; and Resident of the Month, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida. He is professionally affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Appendicitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Cellulitis, Fistula, Pyloric ... (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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