Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites — these are organisms that can cause infectious diseases. We can’t see them, but many organisms live in and on our bodies and the environment. Depending on the immune system, these organisms are usually harmless and can even help strengthen the immune system. Under certain conditions, however, these organisms can cause disease.
Infectious diseases can spread from person to person or be transmitted from insects or animal bites. Consuming contaminated water or food can also cause infectious diseases. Symptoms can be mild to severe and typically include chills and fever.
Fighting Infectious Diseases
Infectious disease specialists have extensive knowledge in diagnosing and treating infections of the sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, urinary tract, bowel, bones and pelvic organs. Infections that are caused by bacteria, viruses (including HIV), fungi and parasites can require specialized care. Our infectious disease specialist at UT Health North Campus has advanced training to provide the care patients need.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Human immunodeficiency virus infection/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
- Skin and soft tissue infections
- Bone and joint infections
- Bacteremia (blood stream infections) and endocarditis
- Fever of unknown origin
- Infections in immunocompromised patients (transplant, chemotherapy)
- Mycobacterial and fungal infections
- Central nervous system infections