Lawrence Kidd, MD, PC -  - Internal Medicine

Lawrence G. Kidd, MD, PC

Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease Physician located in Lawrence, MA

Infectious Disease Consult Specialist

The germs that cause infectious diseases are everywhere — in the air, soil, and water — and they spread easily. Fortunately for those in the Lawrence, Massachusetts, area, infectious disease specialist Dr. Lawrence Kidd offers comprehensive screening, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases, including in-house laboratory testing. If you need an infectious disease consult, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Infectious Disease

What is an infectious disease?

An infectious disease — also called a communicable disease — is any illness caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi.

They can be passed from person to person or transmitted through bites from insects or animals. You can also acquire an infectious disease by ingesting contaminated food or water, or from exposure to pathogens (disease-causing organisms) in your environment.

Many infectious diseases, such as measles and chickenpox, can be prevented with vaccines. For other infectious diseases, washing your hands thoroughly and often is the best method of prevention.

Common infectious diseases include:

  • Influenza, strep throat, and pneumonia
  • Diarrheal diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Sexually transmitted infections, such as human papillomavirus, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV

What are the symptoms of infectious diseases?

The symptoms of an infectious disease depend on its cause and which organs it’s affecting. However, some symptoms are common in many infectious diseases, including:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Coughing

If you’re experiencing these symptoms — especially after being bitten by an insect or animal, eating contaminated food, or being exposed to someone with an infectious disease — it’s a good idea to schedule an infectious disease consult with Dr. Kidd.

What should I expect at an infectious disease consult?

When you go in for an infectious disease consult, Dr. Kidd asks you when your symptoms began, if they come and go, and how severe they are.

He also discusses possible ways you might have contracted the disease, such as contact with someone who was sick, insect or animal bites, trips abroad, or sexual encounters.

Dr. Kidd may also recommend lab tests. Your body fluids can often reveal evidence of the particular microbe that's causing your illness. These lab tests might include:

  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • Throat swab
  • Stool sample
  • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture)

If you suspect you have an infectious disease, or if you’re experiencing symptoms that won’t go away, Dr. Kidd can perform a comprehensive examination and start you on a treatment plan as soon as possible.

Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen: Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Lawrence Kidd, MD, PC
25 Marston Street, Suite 401
Lawrence, MA 01841
Phone: 978-682-3686
Fax: 978-794-0841
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