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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3715 7th Terrace
Vero Beach, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Pierone's specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Pierone attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Pierone average 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pierone accepts.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1000 36th Street
Vero Beach, FL
 

Dr. Michael Phillips is an adult infectious disease specialist in Vero Beach, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Phillips honors.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1000 36th Street
Vero Beach, FL
 

Dr. Charles Callahan, who practices in Vero Beach, FL, is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. Dr. Callahan is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3735 11th Circle; Suite 201
Vero Beach, FL
 

Dr. Laurie Welton is a specialist in adult infectious disease. She works in Vero Beach, FL. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Welton has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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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.