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Infectious disease

Infectious diseases are caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites. These diseases can be transmitted through multiple sources, including insects, animals, food and water.

Infectious disease specialists in San Antonio

While most family or primary care doctors can treat common infections, sometimes serious infections need to be treated by an infectious disease specialist.

The infectious disease doctors at Methodist Healthcare have extensive expertise diagnosing and treating infections of the sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, urinary tract, bowels, bones and pelvic organs. When you aren't sure where to turn following concerning symptoms or unusual exposures, we are prepared to thoroughly diagnose you and work towards full understanding of your condition so swift, effective treatment can be applied.

Because there are so many infectious diseases and they can be hard to diagnose, a primary care physician may refer you to an infectious disease doctor if they are unable to effectively treat your condition.

For more information about our infectious disease services, please call the Methodist Healthcare HealthLine at (210) 575-0355.

Infectious diseases we treat

Our specialized physicians can treat infections linked to the following organisms:

  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Parasites
  • Viruses

Infectious diseases are as numerous as they are diverse, ranging in seriousness from the common cold to autoimmune deficiency syndrome (AIDs). Commonly known infectious diseases include:

  • Chicken pox
  • Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Flu
  • Lyme disease
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Pneumonia
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Tetanus
  • West Nile virus

No matter what condition you have, an infectious disease specialist should be able to find the cause of your condition and administer the correct treatment plan.

Treatments we offer for infectious diseases

Some infectious diseases, like chicken pox, can be prevented with the use of vaccines, though not every infectious disease is preventable. Others, like an E. coli infection, need to run their course over a few days but will need to be monitored by a physician.

Treatment options will vary depending on the type and severity of the infection. Our professional and expertly trained staff at Methodist Healthcare will diagnose and determine the appropriate course of treatment.

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