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About Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases is a fascinating area of medicine that involves diagnosing, and developing treatment plans that take into account the entirety of a patient’s condition while treating their specific needs. Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art infectious disease consultative services to our patients with compassionate, thorough, and prompt care. We aim to provide specialized expertise in treating the infections of today and preventing them for tomorrow.
What is an ID Specialist?
Infectious Diseases Specialists are like medical detectives. They examine difficult cases, looking for clues to identify the culprit and solve the problem. Your ID Physician has nine to ten years of specialized education and training including four years of medical school, three years of training as a doctor of internal medicine, and two to three years of specialized training in Infectious Diseases.
Many common infections can be treated by your personal physician. In cases where an infection is difficult to diagnose or does not respond to treatment, your doctor might refer you to an Infectious Disease specialist.
ID specialists review your medical data, including X-rays and laboratory reports such as blood work, cultures, and pathology data. They also perform a physical exam to help determine the cause of the problem.
We Provide Expertise in:
- Orthopedic Infections
- Surgical Infections
- Tropical Medicine
- Infection Control
- Outpatient Infusion
The infectious diseases clinic is part of CLS Health. CLS Health is a multi-specialty medical group with over ninety providers providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care in Baytown, Friendswood, Webster, Pasadena, League City, and surrounding areas.
Your primary care physician may refer you to an infectious disease specialist if an infection is hard to control, and is associated with an unusually high fever. With more sophisticated diagnostic tools, specialist physicians find out the cause of your infection and provide the best treatment available.
Yes, these diseases are termed contagious if they spread easily from one person to another directly or indirectly. Viral infections are more contagious compared to bacterial infections. Based on the disease-causing microorganism, infectious diseases spread through airborne, blood-borne, insect-borne, food-borne, water-borne, and direct skin contact transmission.
Often laboratory tests to examine blood samples, other body fluids, or cultures taken from wounds may be ordered. A blood serum analysis may be ordered for antibody detection that suggests the type of infection present. In many cases, these advanced tests can explain the results of previous studies, and thus help in making an accurate diagnosis.