We found 3 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1431 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Shivinder Narwal MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Narwal 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 is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala. Dr. Narwal trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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William Minnix, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
average rating 4.25 stars (8 ratings)
1615 Pasadena Avenue South; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. William Minnix's specialties are general practice and general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Minnix at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Minnix include thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for residency. Dr. Minnix is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Timothy Carlson, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
average rating 3.45 stars (29 ratings)
1615 Pasadena Avenue South; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Tim Carlson specializes in general practice, family medicine, and general internal medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Carlson a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carlson include thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carlson takes. Before performing his residency at Bayfront Medical Center, Dr. Carlson attended the University of Health Sciences Antigua for medical school. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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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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