We found 3 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Humana Silver HMO near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narwal include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Patiala. Dr. Narwal trained at Kings County Hospital Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Dr. William Henry Minnix, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. William Minnix's specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Minnix's clinical interests: thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. Dr. Minnix's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Dr. Tim Paul Carlson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Tim Carlson's medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Carlson include thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Health Sciences Antigua, he performed his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Carlson accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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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