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What information will be required during my visit to an infectious disease physician?

Besides pathology reports and diagnostic imaging reports, it is necessary to inform the infectious disease specialist about all medications you are currently on, and also about your allergies if any.

Infectious disease physicians are general internal medicine doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. These doctors diagnose and treat infectious diseases that may occur anywhere in the body. For your first visit to an infectious disease physician, you will need a referral from your primary care physician to schedule an appointment. Your primary care physician can also fax the referral form, lab results if they are any, notes, or call the infectious disease physician.

Other important items that you need to have with you on your first visit include:

  • List of your symptoms
  • List of current medications
  • Insurance card
  • ID

You can also bring a list of your current medication with the daily dosage. If your primary care doctor gives you any medical records, take them with you to your first visit or check with your doctor’s office to be sure they transferred your medical records.

During your visit to the infectious disease doctor, you will need to fill out medical history paperwork. It can be essential for an accurate diagnosis to provide as many details as you can about your current condition and the medical history of the closest family members.

Important information you must be also able to provide:

  • have you been around someone ill lately
  • have you been bitten by insects or animals 
  • have you eaten not properly cooked meat
  • have you eaten not properly washed vegetables or fruits
  • have you drank water from an unreliable source
  • have you traveled recently

We can contract infectious diseases in various ways, so the more information you provide to your infectious disease physicians, the more precise the diagnosis will be.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/