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Coastal Alabama Infectious Disease

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the questions that we frequently answer here at Coastal Alabama Infectious Disease in Foley, Alabama:

What does an Infectious Disease Specialist do?

This specialist reviews your medical data such as laboratory reports, X-rays, and other records. Depending on the type of problem, they may perform a physical examination. They may also order studies of blood serum for antibodies to indicate the presence of uncommon or unusual diseases.

Laboratory studies for wounds or body fluids may also be included to elaborate some results.

When do you need to see an Infectious Disease Specialist?

An infectious disease (ID) specialist is a doctor of internal medicine who is qualified to treat and diagnose infectious diseases. They finish 7 or more years of medical school and postgraduate training. After this, they take up 2 to 3 years of additional training in the ID subspecialty.

These specialists are experts in infections of the heart, sinuses, lungs, brain, lungs, bowel, urinary tract, bones, and pelvic organs. Their extensive training focuses on all kinds of infections including those caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi.

Not everyone who has an infectious disease needs an ID specialist. Your primary care physician can take care of most infections, but sometimes you need a specialized expertise to either diagnose or manage specific infectious diseases.

You may need to consult an ID specialist when:

  • A problem occurs with treatment
  • An infection is potentially serious
  • A fever is suspected to be caused by an infection

ID specialists can give insights into tests that will be helpful in diagnosing and understanding the infection and preventing recurrent infections. They can often help determine what treatment you need or whether you should receive antibiotics.

If you do require any treatment, they may refer you to your personal physician about the diagnostic testing and forms of treatment that are best suited to your needs.

If you acquire an infection while hospitalized or are hospitalized for an infection, ID specialists will direct your hospital care. In some cases, they may continue to see you even after you get released from the hospital.

How do Infectious Disease Specialists work with other physicians? 

Your primary physician refers you to an ID specialist. We recommend that you continue seeking care and treatment from your primary care physician who addresses your overall healthcare needs.

Once referred, you may be asked to return to the ID specialist for follow up visits to review test results, monitor your treatment, and ensure sure that your infection has been eliminated. ID specialists may follow up with you until they feel confident that the infection will not recur.

When visiting Coastal Alabama Infectious Disease clinic, please secure a referral first to see Dr. Plummer and our staff.

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