An Infectious Diseases (ID) specialist is a healthcare provider that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various infections including bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal. Their specialized training gives them thorough knowledge on how to properly identify the source of the infection and how to target it in an efficient and cost-effective way.
When would you refer a patient to an ID Specialist?
- If the patient has a persistent fever
- If the patient has diarrhea, chills, cough, or muscle aches for more than 3 days
- If the patient has an infection that has not resolved after a course of antibiotic treatment
- If the patient’s symptoms are getting worse despite antibiotic treatment