I am glad you Internal Medicine physician is referring you to a specialist.
An infectious diseases specialist is a doctor of internal medicine who is qualified as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The special skills of the infectious diseases specialist are not confined to a single organ system or cause; they include expertise in infections of any type (such as sinuses, lungs, urinary, bowel, bones or pelvic organs) and any cause (bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic. Along with this knowledge comes a particular insight into the use of antibiotics and their potential adverse effects. The infectious diseases specialist also has a deep understanding of immunology (how the body fights infection), epidemiology (how infections spread), and infection control.
I feel this is a good thing for you if you want to get to the bottom of what is causing the fever. The answer may be very simple but it takes one who specializes in infections to find the cause.
Take care and know we are right here for you.
Post Edited By Moderator (Admin) : 8/7/2010 10:50:47 PM (GMT-6)