An infectious disease doctor is a physician who specialises in the various infections that can affect the human body. An infectious disease doctor may also be known as an ID physician. There is a great deal of overlap with microbiologists who specialise in infections as well, although ID physicians tend to focus more clinically.
Reasons your GP may refer you to an ID physician include:
Events leading up to the illness, particularly travel or high risk exposures will also be enquired about.
Your ID physician first has to determine the likely infection you may have, its severity, nature and then how best to manage it. History will focus on your symptoms, duration and severity of these. Past medical problems, medications, allergies and social history are also relevant.
Having completed the history your infectious diseases specialist will conduct an examination.
This usually begins with a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate.
A general examination follows and generally includes examining for rash or lymph nodes, examining the chest and abdomen and sometimes examining the genital region.
Otherwise examination will be tailored to the specific case and symptoms being suffered.
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