Infectious Disease

What is an Infectious Diseases Specialist?

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. An ID Specialists’ role is to thoroughly review a patient’s medical history including x-rays, microbiology, and laboratory results to determine the underlying source of an infection and treat it appropriately.

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You may consider seeing an ID Specialist if you have one or more of the following:

  • You have a persistent fever especially for more than 3 days
  • You have diarrhea, chills, cough, or muscle aches for more than 3 days
  • You plan to travel to a foreign country or a location where the risk of infection is high
  • You have an infection that has not resolved after a course of antibiotic treatment
  • Your symptoms are getting worse despite antibiotic treatment

What do Infectious Diseases Specialists Typically Treat?

ID Specialists treat a wide variety of infections, which include the following but are not limited to:

What Can I Expect When I visit an Infectious Diseases Specialist?

Your ID Specialist will first assess your symptoms, as well as the severity, to determine any likely infection. After discussing your medical history and current medications, the ID Specialist will conduct a physical exam. A physical exam typically includes checking body temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate. Additionally, a review of physical findings reported by the patient will be examined (e.g., rash, wounds, etc.). The ID Specialist may also take a blood sample for laboratory testing. Following this physical exam, the ID Specialist will determine whether there is a need for any additional scans ( MRI, CT, etc.). After this assessment, the ID Specialist will determine the appropriate treatment options.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment with a Nod Specialist?

Nod Specialists can provide you with healthcare beyond what you receive with your Primacy Care Provider. Therefore, Nod Specialists are easily accessible, and they are available at your convenience. To schedule an appointment, you will simply need an electronic device such as your mobile phone or a computer in order to access our website. Additionally, as long as you have access to high-speed internet, you can connect with a Nod Specialist in any setting you choose. Nod Specialists are available on your time, whenever you need them.

Nod Specialists are here to provide specialized healthcare and expert medical advice at a time that fits your schedule, all while eliminating the need for inconvenient travel and travel expenses. You are one click away from finding the best healthcare providers in our network to address your concerns and needs.