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

Dr. Gerald Pierone is an adult infectious disease specialist in Vero Beach, FL. Dr. Pierone has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pierone honors. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Michael Phillips works as an adult infectious disease specialist in Vero Beach, FL. He accepts 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 medical specialist in adult infectious disease. Dr. Welton is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Welton takes. She attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Charles Callahan specializes in adult infectious disease and practices in Vero Beach, FL. Dr. Callahan is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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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.