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How do doctors contain infectious diseases?

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Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Good hygiene: Doctors contain and prevent the spread of infectious diseases through good hygiene, always washing hands before and after patient encounters, using alcohol swabs for stethoscopes and medical equipment. At a public health community level there are public sanitation systems and monitoring in place to track diseases and control their spread. Check out cdc website for more info.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Vaccinations, isolation/quarantine, effective treatment of infections and excellent public health departments supported by government.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Why can't infectious disease doctors cure mssa?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
We can and do: I don't know why you say that. We do it every day. There are many antibiotics active against mssa.The most commonly used are intravenous nafcillin or cefazolin and oral dicloxicillin and cephalexin.Some mssa infections are difficult to cure such as infections of artificial joints, pacemakers, aicd's and prosthetic heart valves. These usually require removal of the device and prolonged antibiotics.
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Do infectious disease doctors perform any surgery?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
No: They may do procedures like lumbar puncture etc they do not do surgeries.
A 33-year-old member asked:

May infectious disease doctors work at hospitals?

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Dr. Henry Selke
Infectious Disease 16 years experience
Yes: Id doctors often work in hospitals. They also see people outside of the hospital in their clinics. Some id docs focus on research. If you're interested in learning more about infectious disease doctors, visit the infectious disease society of america's web site: http://www.Idsociety.Org/id_specialist/.

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