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Infectious Diseases Specialist

Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine located in Peoria, AZ

You know it’s important to wash your hands but it might seem like just a part of your routine — until you’re faced with an infectious disease. Simple preventive action, like hand washing, can make a big difference in defending against these common and wide-ranging diseases. If you are faced with an infectious disease, Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine can help. Their dedicated infectious disease specialist delivers effective treatment from the comfort of their Peoria, Arizona office. To get the care you need, call them or schedule your appointment online.

Infectious Diseases Q & A

What are infectious diseases?

Infectious diseases are diseases that are spread by organisms like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. While all human bodies have organisms living on and in them, some of these organisms can be harmful. When they create a disorder within the body, health care professionals label it an infectious disease.

Although there are a number of infectious diseases, many of them have similar symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes
  • Trouble breathing

Some of the most common infectious diseases include:

  • Strep throat
  • The common cold
  • Influenza
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Malaria
  • HIV

How do I get infectious diseases?

Part of the challenge with infectious diseases is that they can spread a number of ways. Some infectious diseases spread through an animal or insect bite, some spread via human contact, some exist in contaminated food, and some can be picked up indirectly, such as when you touch a doorknob that was recently touched by someone with a cold.

If you want to prevent infectious diseases, there are some simple steps you can take:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay up-to-date on your vaccinations
  • Practice food safety
  • Use protection during sex

What are the treatment options for infectious diseases?

Fortunately, treatments for infectious diseases are as common as the diseases themselves. The dedicated infectious disease specialist at Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine accurately diagnoses these diseases and then starts targeted treatment for them. The infectious disease specialist is available every Friday from 12 to 3 pm.

To diagnose your infectious disease, be prepared to answer a variety of questions at your appointment. Your infectious disease specialist will most likely ask you about any recent travel, animal or bug bites, suspicious foods, or exposure to people will an illness. Together, you will hone in on your specific disease so it can best be treated.

Treatment for your infectious disease will usually involve medication or topical treatment designed to kill the organism causing your disease. For example, antibiotics are available for bacterial diseases, antifungals for fungal diseases, and antiparasitics for diseases caused by parasites. Although viruses are challenging to treat, antivirals are available for some of them.

Your infectious disease specialist will target treatment to your specific disorder to offer you the fastest path to full recovery.

Don’t let an infection leave you less than healthy. Call Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine or schedule your appointment online for dedicated infectious disease care.

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