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Diseases that are caused by microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites fall under the infectious disease category. Some of the infectious diseases can be transmitted, directly or indirectly, from person to person. An infectious disease doctor specialises in diagnosing and treating the various infections affecting the human body.
What are the most common diseases that infectious disease specialists treat?
Infectious disease specialists treat almost all diseases caused by microorganisms. Some of the most common ones are urinary tract infections (UTIs), HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and tropical diseases like malaria.
Why have I been referred to an ID doctor?
You may be referred to an ID doctor by your physician if your infection is difficult to diagnose, your infections are resistant to treatments like antibiotics, you have signs of high fever and infection, your illness is because of your travel history, and you are diagnosed with HIV/AIDs or Hepatitis B and C.
How do ID specialists diagnose infectious diseases?
ID specialists may recommend you to get a couple of tests done to diagnose the type of infection. Some of these tests are blood tests, microscopy, cultures and sensitivity of blood, urine, sputum, stool, wound swab, and joint fluid. Sometimes you may also be asked to get imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasound, MRI scans, and CT scans done.
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