What Is Infectious Disease?

Effective Diagnosis and Management of Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are widespread disorders and diseases caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. They cause serious health problems worldwide. Common infectious diseases include influenza, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Valley fever, urinary tract infections (UTIs), pneumonia, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), hepatitis C, and many other infectious diseases related to travel. Signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of infection but can often include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, diarrhea, and fatigue.

Infectious diseases can be spread from person-to-person, animal-to-person, contaminated food or beverages, and mother-to-child during pregnancy. Therefore, prevention measures such as washing your hands, getting vaccinations, eating well-prepared food, practicing safe sex, and preparing before you travel are essential to minimizing your risks of infection.

While mild infections may be treated with rest and home remedies, others can be life-threatening and may require hospitalization. Some infectious diseases – measles and chickenpox for example – can be prevented with vaccines and others can be avoided by simply washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

However, schedule an appointment with TelaCare:

  • If you are having trouble breathing
  • If your cough has lasted more than a week
  • If you’re having severe headaches with a fever
  • If you’re experiencing a worsening rash
  • If you have a prolonged fever or chills
  • If you are recurrent UTI symptoms
  • If you have a wound that won’t heal

Thankfully, TelaCare providers are available who can help facilitate treatment. We are specially trained and board-certified providers who help effectively diagnose and manage infections in order to prevent serious complications and hospital readmission's.

The physicians at TelaCare can help you – and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.

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