We found 3 infectious disease providers who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold PPO near Irving, TX.

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Dr. Monica Maria Fonseca-Aten, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
1111 W. Airport Freeway; #143
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Monica Fonseca-Aten's specialty is pediatric infectious disease. After attending the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Fonseca-Aten completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. She is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Other, Adult Infectious Disease
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Perry Pate is an adult infectious disease specialist in Irving, TX. Dr. Pate honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB).

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Specializes in Other, Adult Infectious Disease
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Steven Davis is a specialist in adult infectious disease. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Davis is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB).

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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.
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