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Dr Mirza SaleemUl Islam MPH MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Saleem Islam specializes in pediatric surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: fistula, pyloric stenosis, and pectus excavatum. Dr. Islam takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. He has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Islam is professionally affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

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

David S Estores Jr MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2001 Sw 13th Street
Gainesville, FL

Dr. David Estores' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Estores include barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and esophageal spasm. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

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

Anil Sharma MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2001 Sw 13th Street
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Anil Sharma is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Gainesville, FL. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Amritsar. In his practice, Dr. Sharma focuses on acid reflux (GERD). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His professional affiliations include 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 out of 5 (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Shawn Larson, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larson include fistula, thyroid problems, and pyloric stenosis. Dr. Larson accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Sheffield Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Larson has received distinctions including 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

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