Treatments for Infectious Diseases
Optimal Medical Care at Washington Township Medical Foundation
At Washington Township Medical Foundation, our caring and knowledgeable
medical team in Fremont, CA is dedicated to providing advanced treatment
and prevention options for our patients in the area of infectious diseases.
Once your doctor knows what type of infectious disease you are facing,
he or she will be able to more accurately prescribe a form of treatment.
Types of treatment for infectious diseases include:
Antibiotics – Just as antibiotics are clustered into similar groups, bacteria
are also grouped in a similar manner. Some types of bacteria are more
vulnerable to specific types of antibiotics. This is why a precise diagnosis
is important. Antibiotics are most effective in cases involving bacterial
infections and do not benefit conditions caused by viruses.
Antivirals – There are antiviral drugs that have been designed to treat a number
of viruses, including those that cause influenza, hepatitis B, hepatitis
C, herpes, and HIV / AIDS.
Antifungals – Antifungal medications can be applied topically to infections on
the nails or skin. There are also oral antifungals that can treat fungal
infections of the lungs or mucous membranes. Intravenous antifungal medications
may be used in some serious cases involving fungal infections of the internal organs.
Anti-parasitics – Small parasites are responsible for causing some types of infectious
diseases, including malaria. Anti-parasitics are designed to treat these
illnesses, but unfortunately some types of parasites have become resistant
to these medications.
Alternative medicine – For many years, alternative substances and products have been used
to prevent some types of illnesses including garlic, ginseng, vitamins
C and D, zinc, goldenseal, cranberry, and Echinacea. Whether or not these
substances are effective is inconclusive.
Travel Medicine – If you are planning an upcoming trip overseas, speak with your
doctor about infectious diseases present in the country or countries you
will be travelling to, and ways you can prevent infection.