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Rely on the infectious disease specialists at Essentia Health to prevent, diagnose, and treat conditions caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. Infectious diseases can spread from person to person, animal to person, or via bug bites or food contamination.
An infectious disease specialist is an internal medicine doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infections.
Your primary care provider can treat mild infections that have the following symptoms:
Your primary care provider may refer you to a infectious disease specialist if you have more severe symptoms including:
See the full list of conditions we treat and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.
Your doctor may perform blood tests, urine tests, or imaging scans to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend the following treatments:
To prevent infections, our infectious disease specialists recommend:
You can prevent some infectious diseases with vaccines. Vaccinations, also called immunizations, help your body’s immune system fight certain illnesses. Talk to your primary care provider about getting vaccinated for influenza (the flu), HPV, and other conditions.
Stay healthy while traveling to other countries. Learn more about travel medicine services from Essentia’s infectious disease team.
Learn about antibiotic overuse, resistance and stewardship.
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