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

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Dr. Mirza Saleem-Ul Islam M.P.H., M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road; Room 7209
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Islam's area of specialization is pediatric surgery. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. His areas of expertise include the following: fistula, pyloric stenosis, and pectus excavatum. Dr. Islam is affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. He studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Cellulitis, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Estores is an adult gastroenterologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Estores include barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and esophageal spasm. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Estores attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for 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: Achalasia, Esophageal Spasm, Acid Reflux, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

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

Dr. Anil Sharma, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Sharma takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Government Medical College, Amritsar. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Shawn David Larson MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
average rating 4.75 stars (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shawn Larson specializes in pediatric surgery and practices in Gainesville, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larson include fistula, thyroid problems, and pyloric stenosis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Sheffield Medical School, Dr. Larson completed his residency training at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Larson has received professional recognition including the following: 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 affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Appendicitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Cellulitis, Fistula, Pyloric Stenosis, Failure ... (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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