Specializing in Infectious Diseases Diagnosis, Treatment, Management
Bacterial, Viral, Fungal Infections
What are infectious diseases?
Infectious diseases can be caused by many pathogens, these can include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. that may cause illness and disease. Your Primary Care physicians are able to take care of the common symptoms that these pathogens can cause.
Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic organisms that penetrate the body’s natural barriers and multiply to create symptoms that can range from mild to deadly. Although progress has been made to eradicate or control many infectious diseases, humankind remains vulnerable to a wide array of new and resurgent organisms.
Obstacles in Infection Treatment
New, potentially dangerous bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) emerge every year.
Previously recognized pathogens can evolve to become resistant to available antibiotics and other treatments.
Population crowding and easy travel also make us more vulnerable to the spread of infectious agents.
Recent concerns about bioterrorism have focused new attention on eradicated or rare infectious diseases such as smallpox and anthrax.
Types of Infection
Some infections, such as measles, malaria, HIV and yellow fever, affect the entire body. Other infections affect only one organ or system of the body. The most frequent local infections, including the common cold, occur in the upper respiratory tract. A serious and usually local infection of the respiratory tract is tuberculosis, which is a problem worldwide.
Other common sites of infection include the digestive tract, the lungs, the reproductive and urinary tracts, the eyes or ears. Local infections can cause serious illnesses if they affect vital organs such as the heart, brain or liver. They also can spread through the blood stream to cause widespread symptoms.
The outcome of any infection depends on the virulence of infectious agents, the number of organisms in the infecting inoculum and the response of the immune system. A compromised immune system, which can result from diseases such as AIDS or treatment of diseases such as cancer, may allow organisms that are ordinarily harmless to proliferate and cause life-threatening illness.
Modes of Infection
Common ways in which infectious agents enter the body are through skin contact, inhalation of airborne microbes, ingestion of contaminated food or water, bites from vectors such as ticks or mosquitoes that carry and transmit organisms, sexual contact and transmission from mothers to their unborn children via the birth canal and placenta.
Prevention and Treatment
Modern vaccines are among our most effective strategies to prevent disease. Many devastating diseases can now be prevented through appropriate immunization programs. In the United States, it is recommended that all children be vaccinated against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, measles, rubella (German measles), mumps, Haemophilus influenza type B (a common cause of pneumonia and meningitis in infants), hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox) and influenza.
Travelers to foreign countries may require vaccinations against yellow fever, cholera, typhoid fever or hepatitis A or B.
Public Health Measures
Measures that assure clean water supplies, adequate sewage treatment, and sanitary handling of food and milk also are important to control the spread of infectious disease.
The fight against infectious diseases requires worldwide surveillance by physicians, scientists and public health officials who gather information on communicable diseases, report new or resurgent outbreaks of disease, and develop standards and guidelines for treating and controlling disease.
The development of antibiotics and other antimicrobials has played an important role in the fight against infectious diseases, but some microorganisms develop resistance to the drugs used against them. Modern physicians must prescribe antibiotics carefully, and research and development of new drugs is needed. The more widely antibiotics and antivirals are used, the more likely it is that antimicrobial-resistant strains of microorganisms will emerge.
HIV or human immunodeficiency virus attacks the person's immune system. If not treated, HIV can lead to AIDS. HIV is transmitted by contact with certain body fluids during vaginal or anal sex, sharing needles and can be passed during pregnancy to babies of infected mothers, for example. Currently, there is no effective cure, but very effective HIV treatment. Call us for consultation. We are pleased to offer Concierge services for those who prefer private care.
What is Hepatitis?
Inflammation of the liver. In the US, hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common hepatitis. We are here provide consultation on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention plan. Make an appointment to learn more about types of hepatitis, symptoms and their causes.
If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis, we work with gastroenterologist to create a group effort to help tackle your problem together for the best outcome.
We all love to travel, and we love helping you travel safe even more!!!. Make an appointment today for a consultation with one of our travel experts to help guide you to the destination of your choice. We also offer vaccines that are required by many countries. Please schedule your immunizations at least 4 - 6 WEEKS BEFORE TRAVEL TO ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR YOUR IMMUNIZATIONS TO WORK.
Our Clinic follows Centers for Disease Control (CDC) up-to-date information about safe and health travel
Infusion services are available for MOST of your IV therapies prescribed by your provider. This includes Rheumatologist, Gasteroenterologists, Surgeons, Dermatologists, Immunologists, Oncologists, Neurologists, Pulmonologists and PCP's. Our office is fully equipped to provide Infusion services for all your needs. Our team can help coordinate the care between your insurance company and the requesting providers.
Your primary care physician may request a consult from PBID Associates when they feel you need specialized level of care pertaining to an Infectious disease ailment. You can also directly contact our office to inquire about any concerns you may have if you dealing with or have symptoms of any diseases caused by an infection. Our office is well equipped to further guide you and help you with insurance related questions. PLEASE CALL 1-561-221-1221.
PBID Associates physicians provide services to hospitalized patients often referred to as Inpatient. Our physicians are consulted for expert opinion in diagnosing and management of many diseases. we receive consults from many specialties including Hospitalists, Surgeons, Podiatrists and obstetrics and Gynecologists. If you received a bill while your hospitalization, please call our office.
Extended Care and Long-Term Acute Care Facility Consultation: Our team is available to provide consultative services to nursing homes and LTACs.