Infectious Disease

Your Health. Your Hospital

Also known as infectiology, infectious disease is a medical specialty concerning the diagnosis and treatment of complex infections. Physicians who specialize in this branch of medicine have a challenging job, as they need to find the exact cause of the infectious disease the patient is struggling with. They have comprehensive education in the benefits and side effects of antibiotics and have a vast knowledge of infection control, epidemiology and immunology.

Prompt Medical Assistance

Early diagnosis is crucial in the treatment of infectious diseases, as they may cause serious or even fatal health complications if they are not promptly attended to by medical specialists. Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites.

While the symptoms of infectious diseases vary from condition to condition, they nearly always include fever and fatigue.

Because we understand the necessity of immediate diagnosis and treatment when it comes to infectious diseases, our specialists will order the tests and exams you need to undergo after a thorough health evaluation. It is worthy of note that infectious diseases can be acquired in multiple ways, including through:

  • person to person transfer
  • animal to person transfer
  • mother to unborn child transfer
  • contaminated food or water
  • insect bite
  • indirect contact

We Efficiently Treat the Entire Spectrum of Infectious Diseases

Despite vaccinations and prevention campaigns, infectious diseases are still highly prevalent throughout the country, the most common being malaria, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.

In addition to these frequently encountered infectious diseases, the experts at Cedars -Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are ready to diagnose and treat the following infectious diseases with care and compassion:

  • sleeping sickness
  • chickenpox
  • cholera
  • cryptosporidiosis
  • dengue fever
  • diphtheria
  • giardiasis
  • infectious mononucleosis
  • influenza
  • leishmaniasis
  • Lyme disease
  • measles
  • meningitis
  • pneumonia
  • poliomyelitis
  • rotavirus
  • salmonella infections
  • schistosomiasis
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • shigellosis
  • shingles
  • strep throat
  • toxic shock syndrome
  • typhoid
  • West Nile virus
  • whooping cough
  • yellow fever

The treatment our infectious disease physicians will prescribe you depends on the nature of your condition. Consequently, you may be recommended one of the following medications for your infectious disease:

  • antibiotics
  • antifungals
  • antiparasitics
  • antivirals

Reliable Tests for Pinpointing the Cause of Your Distress

Some of the diagnostic tools we use at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are:

  • biopsy
  • blood tests
  • CT scan
  • lumbar puncture
  • MRI scan
  • stool sample
  • throat swab
  • urine test
  • X-rays

If you suspect you may have contracted a bacterium, virus, fungus, or parasite, we advise you to come to our hospital as soon as possible, as infectious diseases usually have a rapid development, causing very distressing symptoms to the patient.