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Infectious Disease Specialist

Faiza Tahir, MD -  - Infectious Disease Physician

Faiza Tahir, MD

Infectious Disease Physician located in Baytown, TX

Infectious diseases encompass an incredibly large number of health conditions, and each one has the potential to cause severe illness. When you're faced with this type of problem, you need experienced infectious disease expert Faiza Tahir, MD PA, in Baytown, Texas, to carefully diagnose the root cause of your illness and create a customized treatment plan that helps you regain optimal health and wellness. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Infectious Disease Q&A

What is an infectious disease?

An infectious disease includes any type of illness caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi (mold and yeasts). You can pick up an infectious disease through:

  • Contact with a sick person (touching, sneezing, coughing)
  • Indirect contact (touching an item that has germs on it)
  • Insect and animal bites
  • Contaminated water, food, soil, and plants

A contagious infectious disease is one that spreads by person-to-person contact.

What are the different types of infectious diseases?

Of the many types of infectious diseases, some of the most common include:

  • Common cold
  • Influenza
  • COVID-19
  • Hepatitis
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Whooping cough
  • Diphtheria
  • Meningitis
  • Lyme disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Tetanus
  • Rotavirus
  • Norovirus (food poisoning)
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
  • STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)

Some of these diseases, such as measles and mumps, aren't as common as they once were thanks to childhood vaccinations.

What symptoms occur due to infectious diseases?

Each infectious disease has its own set of symptoms. But as a group, they tend to cause problems such as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tummy cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches
  • Skin rash
  • Skin discoloration
  • Fatigue

Some infectious diseases lead to serious health complications. For example, hepatitis causes cirrhosis and liver cancer.

How do specialists diagnose an infectious disease?

When diagnosing an infectious disease, Dr. Tahir may run many possible tests, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Throat swabs
  • Stool test

Diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or MRI may also help to pin down the diagnosis.

How is infectious disease treated?

After accurately diagnosing your infectious disease, Dr. Tahir develops a customized treatment plan that targets the underlying problem and your symptoms. For many infectious diseases, Dr. Tahir prescribes antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, or antiparasitic medications, depending on the source of your illness.

Dr. Tahir offers additional treatments when needed, such as wound care, vaccinations, and ongoing management of chronic health conditions. Her goal is to ensure you receive comprehensive treatment that supports your optimal health as she focuses on treating your infectious disease.

If you need comprehensive care for an infectious disease, call Faiza Tahir, MD PA, or book an appointment online today.