An Infectious Disease Doctor are medical specialists who have extensive training in all kinds of infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Along with this knowledge comes a particular insight into the use of antibiotics and their potential adverse effects. Your Infectious Disease Doctor will work with your personal physician to determine which diagnostic tests are appropriate for you. If treatment is necessary, your doctor and your Infectious Disease Doctor will work together to develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs. An Infectious Disease Doctor will often ask you to return to a follow-up visit to keep an eye on your progress.
When would I need an Infectious Disease Doctor?
You may need to see an Infectious Disease Doctor if specialised expertise is needed to either diagnose or manage a specific infectious disease that you may be suffering from. If you have a fever that raises the suspicion that you may have an infection, you have a potentially serious infection, or some problems that have occurred with treatment, then you may need to see an Infectious Disease Doctor. If you are hospitalised for an infection or even acquire an infection while hospitalised, you may be referred to an Infectious Disease Doctor in order that they can carry out diagnostic testing and determine which forms of treatment are best suited to your needs.
How can an Infectious Disease Doctor help me?
An Infectious Disease Doctor can often help determine what treatment you may need, if any, and whether you should receive antibiotics or specialised treatment. They can help you by monitoring your treatment and deciding both what infection you have and whether it has been eliminated or not. An Infectious Disease Doctor will also be able to review your medical data, including records, X-rays and laboratory reports, as well as perform exams, in order to determine the nature of your problem and use the results of such studies to best treat you.
What should I expect when I see an Infectious Disease Doctor?
When you should see an Infectious Disease Doctor you should expect to first have an appointment with your GP. He or she will ask you a range of questions about when your symptoms began and their severity before referring you to a specialist. You can expect that your Infectious Disease Doctor will check over your records and possibly carry out some medical tests and examines before diagnosing your condition and devising a treatment plan for you.