Infectious Diseases

Blood sample on a slideWhen an infection is difficult to diagnose, includes high fever or doesn't respond to treatment, a primary care physician may refer patients to an infectious disease (ID) specialist.

Conditions

ID specialists can diagnose and treat a number of diseases patients might be suffering from, including:

  • Lyme disease
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Epstein Barr (which can cause mononucleosis, commonly called mono)

Treatment

Treatment for ID conditions will vary from case to case, but often includes prescription medication. Some ID patients can be instructed on how to use intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy at home.

Physicians can also treat patients dealing with post-operation infections by prescribing medication or hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments at the Center for Wound Care.

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Raise A Hand to Prevent Infectious Diseases

By Marlene Stetson, RN, CIC, infection control coordinator, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Conventional wisdom encourages children and adults to bundle up in the cold weather to prevent colds and other infections. Though you will be more comfortable, bundling up wont prevent the spread of infection. But, good hand washing will, it is so simple and so effective. Children and adults alike can significantly lower their chance of getting sick by simply washing or sanitizing their hands often. Some viruses, like the ones that cause common colds or flu, spread very easily. More than 52 million suffer from common colds each year. Though many people believe they catch these infections through the air, most cold and flu viruses are actually picked up on the hands. Cold and flu viruses stay in the air for only a short time before fallin...

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