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We found 4 infectious disease providers who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Everyday Health Premier near Port Charlotte, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3300 Tamiami Trail; Suite 102a
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Marianito Asperilla works as an adult infectious disease specialist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and performed his residency at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Asperilla's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Dr. Karl Gebrael Damiani, MD
Specializes in Wound Care, Adult Infectious Disease
21205 Olean Boulevard; Suite A
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Karl Damiani is an adult infectious disease specialist and wound care specialist in Port Charlotte, FL and Punta Gorda, FL. Dr. Damiani accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. For his residency, Dr. Damiani trained at Staten Island University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
21205 Olean Boulevard; Suite A
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Ndubuisi Edeoga's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Edeoga accepts. Dr. Edeoga graduated from the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
21205 Olean Boulevard; Suite A
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Tomasz Wazny's specialty is adult infectious disease. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and International and a graduate of Edgewater Hospital's residency program. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Wazny's professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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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.