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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2020 Oakley Seaver Drive; Suite 1
Clermont, FL
 

Dr. Paul Harrington is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Harrington is professionally affiliated with South Lake Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2020 Oakley Seaver Drive; Suite 1
Clermont, FL
 

Dr. Patrick Fairchild's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Fairchild is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. He is affiliated with South Lake Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2020 Oakley Seaver Drive; Suite 1
Clermont, FL
 

Dr. Pranthipa Laowansiri works as an adult infectious disease specialist in Clermont, FL and The Villages, FL. She is affiliated with South Lake Hospital. After attending Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Laowansiri is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2020 Oakley Seaver Drive; Suite 1
Clermont, FL
 

Dr. Negia Lalane Del Castillo is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Lalane Del Castillo's education and training includes medical school at Ibero-American University (UNIBE) and residency at Jacobi Medical Center. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with South Lake Hospital.

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What is Infectious Disease?

Infectious disease is a specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of infections, including bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections. Infectious disease specialists are trained in the studies of immunology, or how the body fights off infections, as well as epidemiology, or how diseases spread.

Some infectious disease doctors further specialize within the field of infectious disease. For instance, pediatric infectious disease specialists treat children and teens with serious infections. Others focus specifically on patients who have HIV or AIDS, as these conditions commonly cause patients to contract unusual and severe infections.

Most common infections can be treated by a general physician without problems. A referral to an infectious disease specialist might be made in cases such as:
  • An infection that is difficult to diagnose
  • An extremely high fever
  • An infection that is not responding to treatment
  • A patient traveling to a foreign country where the risk for infection is high
  • A patient with a chronic illness or infection that requires frequent treatment, such as HIV

Infectious disease specialists often use lab work to diagnose infections. They may culture a wound or look for the presence of antibodies in the blood. Treatment may include vaccinations, antifungals, or antibiotics. Infectious disease specialists are skilled at prescribing appropriate antibiotics for specific infections and knowing when the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects for using them.