When 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.
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
- Travel medicine
- Chronic Candida
- Hepatitis B and C
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.
Our providers are able to prescribe and manage home IV therapy, which is becoming more prevalent as a treatment option. Our providers excel at this type of care for their patients.
It’s that time of year again when children are back in school, leaves will soon be falling and the flu (influenza) will make another unwanted appearance. That’s right; flu season is on the way!