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Infectious Diseases at The Capstone Clinic

As a multispecialty clinic that caters to the whole family, the infectious disease specialists at The Capstone Clinic excel in their chosen field and bring in expertise to treat patients of all ages. Our team of doctors, aided by the well-thought out infrastructure of our clinic, are able to provide comprehensive medical solutions for the outpatient management of infections. Our areas of expertise include general infectious diseases, judicious antibiotic therapy, sepsis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, viral infections, parasitic diseases, fungal infections, tropical infections, transplant- related infections, fevers of unknown origin and sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection and AIDS. Some of the key areas of focus for our specialist doctors include the much-neglected Adult immunization and the prevention and treatment of travel-associated diseases. These are offered at The Capstone Clinic under a speciality clinic, which is much sought after due to lack of other options in Chennai. We also offer STD clinic in Chennai and HIV test centre in Chennai and treatment by HIV specialist doctors in Chennai, under conditions of absolute confidentiality and empathy. This is of paramount importance, especially as many are unaware of medicine for aids in india and unable to find the right HIV specialist doctors in Chennai.

In this speciality, the skill of diagnosis and ability to look at the person behind the patient and understand the interconnecting factors that are causing the patient’s ill health are key to delivering superior outcomes. We pride ourselves in having one of the top doctors in this area of infectious disease medicine practising at The Capstone Clinic, enabling us to provide best-in-class diagnosis and treatment.

What are infectious diseases?

Infectious Diseases encompass myriad clinical conditions resulting from the invasion of various microorganisms (such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites) into the human body. The challenges lie in the identification of particular infectious syndromes, diagnosing the cause of these infections, and ensuring appropriate treatment.

In the environment we live in, we are exposed to multiple pollutants and several types of micro-organisms, including bacteria and viruses may cause an infection. Tuberculosis, for example, which may affect any organ in the body, is a bacterial infection. Pneumonia, gastroenteritis, meningitis, hepatitis, conjunctivitis, UTI (urinary tract infections), dermatitis, and chronic infectious arthritis are some examples of infectious diseases and conditions that our doctors have successfully diagnosed and treated.

Signs and Symptoms

Though the signs and symptoms of infectious diseases vary depending on the organ system involved, most infections may present with systemic symptoms of fever, fatigue and malaise. Chronic infections may be associated with loss of appetite and weight.

Diagnosis:

Our team of doctors at The Capstone Clinic are Infectious Disease Specialists and being a part of a multispecialty clinic, they are well-equipped to provide comprehensive medical care for the health of the whole family by collaborating with our other specialists wherever necessary. The clinical presentation (including the history and examination) gives the doctor information to arrive at a diagnosis for the disease. Laboratory tests, including blood and urine investigations, cultures, and molecular studies can help confirm the diagnosis of specific infections. Sometimes, tissue biopsies may also be advised to help narrow down the infection to prescribe a targeted treatment for the patient.

Prevention:

Our Infectious Disease specialists prescribe the following guidelines to stay healthy and infection – free:

  • Good sanitation and hygiene coupled with clean drinking water and hygienically-prepared food can prevent infections to a great extent.
  • Transmission of infections can be prevented by adopting specific measures including isolation of patients and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Vaccinations can play a vital role in keeping infections such as measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, hepatitis A and B, rabies, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and so on at bay. Lack of awareness on these options mean that even families with the means to avail these are missing out on key protectors for their health. Our endeavour is to educate more families about ways to prevent infections both in normal course and during travel.

In general, sensible and healthy living habits, including consumption of a balanced nutritious diet, having adequate sleep, and exercising can go a long way in preventing most infections. Hand hygiene, safe sex, avoidance of smoking and moderating alcohol consumption are also important steps to take towards a healthy lifestyle.