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Can some tell me what an infectious disease specialist doctor usually takes care of?

Can some tell me what an infectious disease specialist doctor usually takes care of?

All 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. ...Read more

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Been getting pneumonia a few times in past 6 month or so and naturally worried. Which is better: infectious disease specialist or pulmonologist?

Been getting pneumonia a few times in past 6 month or so and naturally worried. Which is better: infectious disease specialist or pulmonologist?

Either or both!: Either one would be helpful, both may be wise. And second opinions are great anyway. Get too different takes on your problem, ask plenty of questions, and take notes for later pondering. Your primary care doc can recommend trustworthy docs and may have an opinion on which you should see first. That is part of the job of your PCP, to send you to the next best level of care for complex problems ...Read more

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Where to find infectious disease specialist?

Where to find infectious disease specialist?

ID doctors in Texas: I did a google search for you - you are right, there aren't any ID docs in your town. It looks like you'll have to travel to get an office apt.
Maybe you could get some 'direction' from the docs here on Health tap? - at least get the ball rolling...http://www. Healthgrades. Com/infectious-disease-medicine-directory/tx-texas/lake-jackson. Good luck ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I need to speak with an infectious disease specialist?

I need to speak with an infectious disease specialist?

Healthap: There are disease specialists on Healthtap. Have you looked into Healthtap concierge? ...Read more

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If you have ppo insurance, do you still have to be "referred" to an infectious disease specialist by your dr?

NOT Usually...: Ppo is an organization of "preferred providers" that the insurance plan has selected and contracted with that usually do not require a referral. But it is always a good idea to include your primary care physician in the loop. ...Read more

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Can an infectious disease specialist (doctor) do all your travel shots?

Can an infectious disease specialist (doctor) do all your travel shots?

Not necessarily: Any primary care doctor should be able to help you. But it is better to go to a local health department, they may have all vaccinations, depending on the country you are traveling to. ...Read more

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What should I ask an infectious disease specialist?

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. ...Read more

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Should a patient with a history of ER visits with episodes diagnosed as or resembling sirs, as shown on profile, see an infectious disease specialist due to history? Or wait until next ER visit?

Best Medicine: The emergency room is the worst place to get ongoing medical care for a chronic problem. You want someone to know your whole history and all of the testing and treatments you have had. The er is designed for acute problems and is not a good place to return to for primary care of a condition. Please get to the infectious disease specialist or your family doctor. ...Read more

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Hi there, are you an infectious disease specialist? If so I have a few questions about my frequent Saph and MRSA infections and what the best long term treatment plan would be. I have been seeing dr after dr who doesn't really understand the disease... I

Hi there, are you an infectious disease specialist? If so I have a few questions about my frequent Saph and MRSA infections and what the best long term treatment plan would be. I have been seeing dr after dr who doesn't really understand the disease... I

Fundamentally: It is going to be the break in the barrier, or other predisposition to infection that needs to be addressed. People tend to keep their same germs. It is not easy to get rid of MRSA that is sitting on the skin. It is much more important to deal with the reason why someone is getting infections. ...Read more

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General Doctor is sending me to an infectious disease specialist, for getting swollen lymphnode and sick a lot... What will they be looking for? Hiv?

General Doctor is sending me to an infectious disease specialist, for getting swollen lymphnode and sick a lot... What will they be looking for? Hiv?

Yes, also...: Yes, they will look for HIV and other chronic infections such as Lyme disease. They may also look for conditions like immunoglobulin deficiencies.
You may also have nutrient deficiencies; you are likely deficient in Vit D unless you take it. All adults should take about 5000 iu of D3/day in fall & winter. Take a quality multivitamin and eat a healthy diet, minimize sugars and junk food. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it necessary for me to see an infectious disease specialist after having lung surgery for histoplasmosis?

Is it necessary for me to see an infectious disease specialist after having lung surgery for histoplasmosis?

Yes: Most of the time histoplasmosis is self limited (meaning it will go away on its own). If you have underlying lung disease or are on immunesuppressants (organ transplant patient, rheumatoid arthritis patient, etc) it may be necessary to take an antifungal called itraconazole (sporonox) for a period of time (usually 30-90 days). A consult with an id specialist is very reasonable. ...Read more

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UTI symptoms every 2 months w/no bacteria. 2 docs said see infectious disease specialist. 1 said if no bacteria no need for ID specialist? Confused.

UTI symptoms every 2 months w/no bacteria. 2 docs said see infectious disease specialist. 1 said if no bacteria no need for ID specialist? Confused.

I agree: With your assessment. You should consult a urologist orcurogynecologist. They can look for other causes besides infection. ...Read more

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I'll b going to many diff. Countries & need lots of vaccines. Is it better 2 get them from an immunologist, infectious disease specialist, or PCP (IM)?

I'll b going to many diff. Countries & need lots of vaccines. Is it better 2 get them from an immunologist, infectious disease specialist, or PCP (IM)?

MD-travel vaccines: You'd be best served by seeing a doctor that indicates an interest in travel vaccines. The vaccines need to be specially ordered and those doctors who give them regularly will have the knowledge and the availability
Have a safe and enjoyable trip ...Read more

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What type of doctor is better suited to advise a person without a spleen on a vaccine regimen an immunologist or infectious disease specialist?

What type of doctor is better suited to advise a person without a spleen on a vaccine regimen an immunologist or infectious disease specialist?

Either fine: I'd is more easily located, and focuses on the conditions vaccination would be addressing. In general, majority of surgeons / family doctors / internists would be competent in managing a post-splenectomy patient in terms of prophylactic vaccination. ...Read more

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Low grade fevers, fatigue & swollen lymph nodes for over 3 months. Blood work ok. Doc referring me to infectious disease specialist. What will they do?

Low grade fevers, fatigue & swollen lymph nodes for over 3 months. Blood work ok. Doc referring me to infectious disease specialist. What will they do?

Infectious Diseases: Experts in this area have some familiarity with almost every other area of medical practice, as it regards infection or diseases that present as inflammation, and so they are the detectives of medicine. They will take an extensive history, perform a detailed exam, labs and imaging. In this case they may follow the golden rule (Go where the money is), and biopsy a lymph node. ...Read more

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Do infectious disease specialists know about every infectious disease?

Do infectious disease specialists know about every infectious disease?

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/. ...Read more

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Are internal medicine specialists the same thing as infectious disease specialists?

Are internal medicine specialists the same thing as infectious disease specialists?

No: I'd specialists are trained in various infections, usage of antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, sepsis etc. Including hiv, aids. ...Read more

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What types of symptoms do infectious disease specialists look for to detect hiv?

What types of symptoms do infectious disease specialists look for to detect hiv?

Context & symptoms: If there is an opportunity to test a patient for hiv, we'll take it!

in situations where there 1) repeated infections such as abscesses or pneumonias or sores, 2) symptoms that are flu-like or mono-like, 3) diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease, 4) unexplained fevers or night sweats or wasting 5) exposure to body fluids 6)an opportunity to ask to be tested and is accepted. ...Read more

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Will an infectious disease specialists always check for hiv?

Will an infectious disease specialists always check for hiv?

If indicated, yes-: If there is an opportunity to test a patient for hiv, we'll take it!
if indicated, yes- for example:
1) repeated infections such as abscesses or pneumonias or sores, 2) symptoms that are flu-like or mono-like, 3) diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease, 4) unexplained fevers or night sweats or wasting 5) exposure to body fluids 6)an opportunity to ask to be tested and is accepted. ...Read more

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What are the differences between medical microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, immunologists, and rheumatologists?

What are the differences between medical microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, immunologists, and rheumatologists?

The medical team: The great thing about Medicine, is there are many interesting areas to focus on. Just like a team sport with a quarter back, running backs, receivers etc - within Medicine there are interesting roles that you can explore if you find particular interest in a certain area. I know docs who only work on HIV for example. I'm an ID doc and I think I have the best job in the world! Follow your interests. ...Read more

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What types of symptoms do infectious disease specialists look for?

What types of symptoms do infectious disease specialists look for?

As below: I'd specialists are trained in various infections, usage of antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, sepsis etc. Including hiv, aids
specifically they look for tell tale signs of infections, also suggest infection control measures. ...Read more

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Do infectious disease specialists know about every tropical disease?

Do infectious disease specialists know about every tropical disease?

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. ...Read more

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Can infectious disease specialists do the travel shots for going to africa?

Can infectious disease specialists do the travel shots for going to africa?

Travel medicine docs: Travel medicine specialists give travel shots and give medication to protect against malaria and altitude illness. Many infectious disease doctors are trained in travel medicine, as are many other doctors. You can find a travel medicine specialist at istm. Org or astmh. Org. ...Read more

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Infectious disease specialists. Would they be the doctors to get travel shots from?

Infectious disease specialists. Would they be the doctors to get travel shots from?

Travel medicine docs: Travel medicine specialists give travel shots and give medication to protect against malaria and altitude illness. Many infectious disease doctors are trained in travel medicine, as are many other doctors. You can find a travel medicine specialist at istm. Org or astmh. Org. ...Read more

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How can I become an infectious diseases specialist?

How can I become an infectious diseases specialist?

ID fellowship: Here's how you do it in the us: go to medical school. Then do a residency in internal medicine. After that, do a fellowship in infectious diseases. ...Read more

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How do you become an infectious disease specialists?

Alot of studying: You graduate medical school then do 3 years of internal medicine residency then you have to pass the abim internal medicine certification exam then you do 2 years of infectiious disease fellowship then you have to pass the abim infectious disease board examination to be a board certified infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Was wondering what are the differences between infectious disease and pathology specialist?

Differences: Infectious disease (ID) doctors specialize in the treatment of patients with infectious disease, particularly complex ones like HIV (managing antibiotics, antivirals, etc.). Pathologists encompass a wide variety of fields (including microbiologists who work with ID docs regularly), but focus on the diagnosis of disease (of all kinds) as opposed to the treatment and management. ...Read more

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