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Do infectious disease specialists know about every infectious disease?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
No- never!: Why? There are new infectious diseases randomly pops up year after year. Check out the full answer at the infectious diseases society of america website that answers the question: what is an infectious disease specialist?http://www.idsociety.org/id_specialist/.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
No: There are so many infectious diseases and many are limited to certain areas of the world. An id doc may not be familiar with some diseases that occur only on another continent. Other infectious diseases may be so rare that not every id doc is aware of them. But, we know alot about alot of infectious diseases and if we don't know about one we know where to read up about it.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How will i know what does an infectious disease specialist do?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Treats infections: An id specialist treats all infections caused by micro-organisms including viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasites. We treat infections of every organ of the body. Examples include pneumonia, pyelonephritis(kidney infection), osteomyelitis(bone infections), hiv/aids, meningitis, amoebic dysentery etc. Etc. Some id docs mainly do hospital consultations while some have office practices.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Usually we diagnose before treating, and are often called upon to see problems that other physicians have had difficulty in solving.
Jun 21, 2013
A 48-year-old member asked:

Do infectious disease specialists know about every tropical disease?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Infectious disease: They may not know every tropical disease that occurs in the world but they are better informed than most of the other doctors. They can look up references and help you.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What do infectious disease specialists do exactly ?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Studies infections..: This little space does not justice to the most interesting specialty in medicine today. Check out the full answer at the infectious diseases society of america website that answers the question: what is an infectious disease specialist?http://www.idsociety.org/id_specialist/.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you become an infectious disease specialists?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Not just an MD...: From the id society of america: your id physician has 9-10 years of specialized ed and training. •4 yrs of medical school •3 yrs training as a doctor of internal medicine •2-3 yrs specialized training in infectious diseases most id specialists who treat patients also are board certified by the american board of internal medicine., passing two tough exams in i.M. And i.D.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What should I ask an infectious disease specialist?

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Dr. Robert Hulbert
Dentistry 22 years experience
Infection: You can expect this specialist to obtain samples from you after performing a complete medical history evaluation and examination. Then to provide you with a diagnosis of the disease and the bacteria or virus responsible. Lastly a treatment plan involving surgery and or medications with regular follow up.

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