We found 3 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept United Healthcare near Kissimmee, FL.

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Dr. M. Sirajul Siraj Ul Islam, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
710 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL

Dr. M. Islam is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Islam is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Dhaka Medical College and then he performed his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Islam's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Hemorrhoidectomy, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
210 E. Monument Avenue; Suite A
Kissimmee, FL

Dr. M. Anwer's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Anwer's education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Anwer include esophageal varices, achalasia, and celiac disease. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Anwer (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Pyloric Stenosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Giovanni S Spatola, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12500 S Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando, FL

Dr. Giovanni Spatola's area of specialization is family medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Spatola's residency was performed at Florida Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Spatola (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Spatola is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Acid Reflux, Cholesterol Problems



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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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