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, your primary care doctor will have to provide in advance:

  • a referral form - to schedule the appointment
  • lab results - if they are any
  • notes

Other essential 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 were transferred.

Further necessary information for an accurate diagnosis

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 also be able to provide:

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