Infectology is a medical specialty dealing with infectious diseases. These include diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, parasites and fungi. However, complaints caused by infections can also occur in many other diseases, so an important task for the infectologist is to distinguish between infectious and non-infectious diseases.
When should you consult an infectologist?
- In the case of new complaints characteristic of infection, but that do not warrant hospitalization.
- In case of prolonged complaints characteristic of infection.
- After contact with animals and insects, e.g., for complaints after tick bites.
- In case of recurrent or persistent complaints after the onset of an infectious disease.
- To evaluate the results of microbiological tests requested by other medical specialties.
What diseases does infectology deal with?
Infectology deals with infectious diseases, but there is virtually no symptom that cannot be caused by an infectious disease, so the whole course of the disease should always be viewed.
What happens during an infectological examination?
The infectology examination begins with a detailed interview, during which we cover the patient's previous illnesses, medication, living conditions, and previous vaccinations. We review in detail the course of your disease, the effect of the medication used so far, and the results of the studies performed to date. If necessary, we ask for additional laboratory, microbiological, and imaging examinations, and we ask for the expert opinion of specialists in other fields in connection with the functioning of an organ system. If an infectious disease is suspected or confirmed, we initiate the appropriate anti-pathogen treatment. During treatment with medication, we monitor the course of the disease and, if necessary, follow up and investigate protracted complaints caused by the disease.
How should I arrive for the examination?
The patient shall bring all previous medical records for the first consultation, in particular the results of tests for the current illness and the results of microbiological tests. If available, it is helpful to bring your immunization records with you.