Infectious disease medicine is the specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, and has developed into an independent subspecialty within internal medicine.
The specialty is closely connected with epidemiology and prevention of infectious disease. Because infectious diseases affect essentially the entire body, our infectious disease specialist works together with physicians from several other medical specialties; if the treatment requires it, we offer our patients assistance by involving several doctors.
When should we see an infectious disease specialist?
- After initial surgical care of an animal bite– to determine the necessity of shots for rabies and tetanus, choose and administer antibiotics, and for consultation with the infectious disease specialist
- Following surgical care for any type of wound, in order to determine the risk of tetanus and/or administer shots.
- Alongside pre-natal care, for prevention of congenital fetal infections, and for consultation, serological blood tests as needed, and immunizations
- For patients who are older or have weakened immune systems, alongside internal medicine treatment
- In the case of chronic liver disease
- If there is a suspicion of a parasitic infection (e.g.: persistent diarrhea, intestinal helminthes, etc.)
- If there is a suspicion of infection (e.g.: urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, etc.)
- In the case of frequent travel to foreign tropical countries
- For immunization for those exposed to a workplace risk
- To carry out an adult immunization plan (e.g.: repeated immunizations)