We found 5 infectious disease providers who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Tyler, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
935 South Baxter Avenue; Suite 103
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Richard Yates is an adult infectious disease specialist. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Yates's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: HIV/AIDS

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
935 S Baxter Avenue; Suite 103
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Steve Hickerson's specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Hickerson is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, 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
11937 Us Highway 271
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Richard Wallace is an adult infectious disease specialist in Tyler, TX. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wallace has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
935 S Baxter Avenue; Suite 103
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Mariejane Braza's specialty is adult infectious disease. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Braza studied medicine at Cebu Institute of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
11937 Us Highway 271
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Jeana Benwill's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.