Understanding Infectious Diseases
An infectious disease is a disorder caused by a micro-organism, like bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. While there are many organisms that live on or in the human bodies, which are harmless for the most part, under certain conditions, some of these organisms can cause a disease. Many infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. While some can be transmitted via bites from either animals or insects, others can come via ingesting contaminated food or water, or being exposed to organisms that are present in the environment.
Let’s look at these conditions in a little more detail.
Symptoms of Infectious Diseases
Signs indicating an infectious disease will vary basis of the organism that is causing the infection. For the most part, though, common symptoms include excessive fatigue and fever. Other signs may also include:
Causes of Infectious Diseases
Most infectious diseases are caused by:
Let’s look at the ways in which infectious diseases spread.
Direct contact: The easiest way in which most infectious diseases spread is by direct contact with a person or animal who has an infection.
Three ways in which infectious diseases spread through direct contact:
Indirect Contact: Many disease-causing organisms can also be acquired through indirect contact. For example, many germs can be found on inanimate objects like table tops, doorknob or even a faucet handle.
Insect bites: Many infectious diseases require the aid of insect carriers like mosquitoes, fleas, lice or ticks.
Food contamination: Contaminated food and water is another common way in which infectious diseases can spread.
Treatment of Infectious Diseases:
Being able to understand which kind of germ is the underlying cause of the disease is essential for your doctor, while deciding the right kind of treatment. By and large, the following treatment protocols are followed for different kinds of infectious diseases.
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually reserved for bacterial infections.
Antivirals: These kind of drugs are helpful in treating infectious diseases caused by viruses.
Antifungals: Topical antifungal medications can be used to treat skin or nail infections caused by fungi. Other fungal infections, such as those affecting the lungs or the mucous membranes, can be treated with an oral antifungal medication.
Anti-parasitics: Certain diseases like malaria are caused by tiny parasites. While there are drugs to treat these diseases, some varieties of parasites have developed resistance to the drugs.
The Apollo Clinic Experience
An infectious disease can have a massive impact on your health and lifestyle. At Apollo Clinic, our team of specialists are trained to accurately diagnose your medical condition, and begin prompt treatment to minimise the impact on our patients.
Our diagnostic process for infectious diseases is holistic, and our centres are fully equipped to manage all forms of tests, ranging from laboratory tests, including blood tests, urine tests, throat swabs and stool samples, as well as imaging scans like X-Rays, CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging. Thus, no matter what the cause, our experts are trained and experienced in helping you get the best treatment. Get in touch with one of our specialists today.