tick born diseases
Lyme disease is the most common tick borne illness. The best way to prevent this disease is to avoid areas where ticks are present such as tall grass. We understand this isn’t always possible, so we recommend using protective clothing and checking your entire body for ticks daily. If you and your doctor have already detected a confirmed tick bite, you may be prescribed the antibiotic doxycycline if appropriate. For early Lyme disease, we offer other types of antibiotics depending on your unique situation. At this point, your doctor will work closely with you to create the best treatment plan.
Our Wound Care team provides treatment for many chronic, non-healing wounds, including those caused by diabetic foot ulcers. It’s important to understand that a chronic, non-healing wound is not a disease, but actually a result of underlying condition(s) not having healed in a timely fashion. These types of wounds, common among 25.8 million Americans with diabetes, require special attention.
travel-related diseases and vaccinations
Up to two-thirds of international travelers become ill with food and waterborne diseases as the number one cause. These diseases are created by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are found throughout the world and are usually spread by contaminated food or water. Depending on your travel itinerary, vaccine requirements will vary. It’s rare to react to modern vaccines, so we usually recommend administering multiple vaccines during a single visit. We recommend you see your physician at least a month before your departure to ensure the vaccinations will have enough time to produce immunity. We vaccinate or prescribe medicine for the following:
- Altitude Sickness
- Hepatitis A & B
- Travelers’ Diarrhea
- Yellow Fever
HIV and AIDS remain among the leading causes of illness and death in the US. That’s why we recommend HIV screening for patients in general. For those who are at high risk, we recommend annual HIV screenings. Furthermore, this type of screening should be part of the routine panel of prenatal tests for all pregnant women.