Infectious Diseases & Travel Medicine
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What are infectious diseases?
Infectious disease physicians specialize in the diagnosis and management of disorders caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites.
What is travel medicine?
Travel medicine is the branch of medicine that specializes in the prevention and detection of infectious diseases acquired by traveling. Consult the CDC for their specific recommendations about traveling internationally. We offer pre-travel consultations, immunizations, and vaccinations depending on the areas traveled.
Rely on the infectious disease and travel medicine experts at Adventist HealthCare to treat conditions including:
- Blood stream infections
- Bone and joint infections
- Cellulitis – a bacterial skin infection
- Clostridium difficile (C.difficile) colitis – bacteria that causes swelling and irritation of the large intestine or colon
- Central nervous infections
- Cryptococcosis – a fungal infection causing tumors in the lungs, with the ability to spread to the brain
- Fungal infections
- Hepatitis – a highly contagious liver infection
- Histoplasmosis – a lung infection caused by histoplasma fungal spores, most likely found in bird droppings and soil
- HIV/AIDS – a virus that attacks the immune system and increases a person’s risk of developing serious illnesses such as certain cancers, opportunistic diseases, and neurological disorders
- Lyme disease – a bacterial infection spread by tick bites
- Malaria – a serious disease caused by a bite from an infected mosquito
- Measles – a very contagious infection that causes a rash all over your body; it is also referred to as rubeola or red measles
- Meningitis – an infection causing inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord
- MRSA – a infection caused by staph bacteria spreading to different parts of the body
- Mumps – a contagious viral infection that can cause painful swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotid glands (between the ear and the jaw)
- Mycobacterial infections
- Neurosyphilis – an infection of the brain and spinal cord caused by the syphilis
- Osteomyelitis – a bacterial infection of the spine in one or more vertebrae
- Parasitic diseases
- Pneumonia – a lung infection usually caused by bacteria or virus
- Rheumatic fever – a bacterial infection that can cause problems with the heart’s aortic and mitral valves
- Sexually transmitted infections – infections spread by sexual contact
- Tuberculosis (TB) – an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria that grows best in areas of the body that have lots of blood and oxygen
- Urinary tract infections (UTI) – an infection anywhere between the kidneys and the urethra; UTIs most commonly present themselves as bladder infections
Each infectious disease has its own signs and symptoms, such as fever, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle aches, and coughing. Common infections can usually be treated and diagnosed by a primary care provider.
Consult an infectious disease specialist if you have been bitten by an animal, are having trouble breathing, experience a rash and/or swelling, have an unexplained prolonged fever, or experience sudden vision problems.
Depending on your condition and symptoms, your specialist may recommend medical treatment to meet your individual needs.