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If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have an infectious disease, our specialists can work with you to recommend treatments.

Infectious disease

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases
At Prevea, we offer the latest treatments and a team approach to caring for you.

Prevea infectious disease specialists are dedicated to improving the health of those living with acute and chronic infectious diseases. Our specialists provide outpatient clinic appointments and emergency consultations for the diagnosis and management of complex infectious diseases.

Infectious diseases are diseases caused by microorganisms or germs that enter the body, multiply and can cause an infection. Some infectious diseases are contagious and spread from one person to another. Other infectious diseases can be spread by germs carried in air, water, food or soil. They can also be spread by biting insects or contact with animals.

The four different categories of infectious agents are:

  1. Bacteria.
  2. Viruses.
  3. Fungi.
  4. Parasites.

Diagnosing infectious diseases 

Your health care provider may use one or more of the following tests to diagnose an infectious disease: 

  • Blood tests. 
  • CT scan. 
  • Lumbar puncture (also called spinal tap). 
  • PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology, which is rapid diagnosis for respiratory infections, central nervous system infections, diarrheal infections and some blood stream infections. 
  • Urinary, mucus or fecal cultures. 

Treating infectious diseases 

If you or a loved one contract an infectious disease, medication will oftentimes be the first step in treatment. Your doctor may prescribe: 

  • Antibiotics
  • Antivirals 
  • Antifungals
  • Vaccines and immunizations for prevention

Our specialists work with your primary care provider to recommend treatments based on your condition, health and lifestyle. 

Preventing infectious diseases

Every day you and your loved ones may encounter organisms that can cause mild to severe infectious diseases. You can take steps to prevent illness, including keeping up with proper vaccines. The number one thing you can do to prevent the spread of infection is to wash your hands regularly.

Infection prevention

Our infectious disease physicians also specialize in infection prevention at our health centers and partner hospitals to keep you safe from contracting a disease while you are in our care.

Key services

Diagnosis and treatment of infections

Below is a list of some of the common infectious conditions our specialists diagnose and treat. Our providers work with patients to put a stop to infection and prevent a more serious disease from occurring.

Care for those with weakened immune systems

We also care for people with underlying immunological disorders who have a hard time fighting illnesses and infections on their own, including treatment of infections in transplant recipients and other patients with weakened immune systems, including malignant neutropenia and HIV/AIDS.
  • Blood stream infections, including catheter-related infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Central nervous system infections
  • Coordination of immunizations and post-exposure treatment
  • Coordination of outpatient intravenous (IV) antibiotics
  • Evaluation of fevers of unknown source
  • Fungal infection
  • Heart valve infections
  • Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Infections in travelers
  • Nosocomial and surgical infections, including MRSA
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Travel medicine
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Urogenital infections
  • Wound care

Find an infectious disease provider

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have an infectious disease, please contact your primary care physician or click below to find an infectious disease specialist to schedule an appointment.