conditions we treat
Our infectious disease specialists provide diagnosis and treatment for children with all types of infections or potential infections. These include:
An acute infection usually develops quickly with symptoms that do not last very long (often just a few days or weeks). Children who get frequent acute infections may need to see an infectious disease specialist for care.
Chronic infections last for months or even years and require long-term treatment. They usually are caused by a virus.
Recurring infections happen repeatedly, even when they have been treated successfully. Children who get recurring infections may have underlying conditions that require treatment.
Congenital infections affect unborn babies and newborn babies. They usually are caused by viruses that occur during pregnancy. Examples include rubella and toxoplasmosis.
Opportunistic infections occur when a person has a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system can be caused by illnesses such as cancer, diabetes or HIV.
These infections can occur when a patient is receiving medical treatment at a healthcare facility. Common hospital-associated infections include pneumonia and surgical site infections.
HIV and related infections
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks the body’s immune system. It can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), as well as related infections such as pneumocystis pneumonia.
Immunodeficiency disorders occur when part of the immune system is either absent or not working properly. Children can be born with an immunodeficiency disorder, or they can acquire it. More than 300 diseases are caused by an immunodeficiency disorder.
unexplained febrile illnesses
These illnesses are marked by a fever with an unknown cause. An infectious disease specialist has the expertise needed to explore the underlying reason for the infection.
unexplained skin rashes
Skin rashes can develop for many reasons, including illness, injury and infection. When the cause is unknown, an infectious disease specialist may be able to help.