Infectious Disease specialists are doctors who have completed training in a specialty such as Internal Medicine and have undergone at least two years of additional, specialized training in infectious diseases. These specialists—sometimes referred to as medical detectives—diagnose illnesses caused by micro-organisms and germs. At times, you will be referred to an infectious disease specialist when an unexplained fever or illness that does not respond to initial treatments occurs.
Your primary care physician might recommend that you see an infectious disease specialist if he or she cannot immediately diagnose what is making you sick. You might also see an infectious disease specialist if you plan to travel to a country that has a high rate of infections; your specialist might recommend specific inoculations.
Infectious Disease specialists play a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infections by collecting the patient's history; conducting a physical examination; selecting appropriate diagnostic testing; and managing appropriate antibiotic choice, duration of therapy, route of delivery, and adverse drug reactions.
A common infectious disease is Lyme Disease. While most people respond well to traditional antibiotic treatments, some cases linger. When this happens, your primary care physician can refer you to South County Hospital’s Lyme Disease Clinic.