Infectious Disease Consultants
Rockford, IL 61104
Physician Referral Only
Our infectious disease providers have advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses caused by microorganisms or germs. Because their training and experience cover a unique cross-section of medicine, ID specialists often are asked to evaluate and oversee challenging cases. ID specialists practice both in hospitals and in office settings. ID specialists diagnose and treat conditions resulting from all types of infections, including those caused by germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. These microscopic organisms penetrate the body’s natural barriers and multiply, creating symptoms ranging from sore throat and fever (as in the case of strep throat) to more serious and even deadly problems (such as AIDS or meningitis). ID specialists also see patients to determine whether the symptoms are due to an infection. Most commonly the patient has a fever.
If you acquire an infection while in the hospital, the ID specialist will work with other hospital physicians to help direct your care. The specialist also might provide follow-up care after you go home. If your ID specialist is also your personal physician, he or she will coordinate your care, referring you to the other specialists when necessary.