Screenings & Diagnosis

Each infectious disease affects the body in a different way and requires a unique course of treatment. Our team will evaluate your condition to determine your illness as well as the best treatment for you. Your diagnosis is based on your individual symptoms and the result of lab work, which may consist of:

  • Blood sample
  • Stool sample
  • Urine sample
  • Throat swab

An imaging procedure like a CT scan or a biopsy may be done to further confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

Antibiotic or antiviral medicines are shown to be very effective in treating infectious diseases. These medicines may be given by mouth, injection or applied directly on or in the body.

Antibiotics, however, only work for treating bacterial infections such as strep throat or urinary tract infection. They do not cure infections caused by a virus like a cold or bronchitis, and overuse can cause antibiotic resistance. Rest and over-the-counter medicine can help relieve your symptoms caused by a viral infection until the illness runs its course.

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For your safety please select a MyChart Video Visit on Demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if: You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, you are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell, in the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, in the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. Or, you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days: fever, chills, drenching sweats, new cough, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion, or nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.

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