Care For Infectious and Communicable Diseases
Many common infections can be treated by your personal physician. Your doctor might refer you to Dr. Afzal when:An infection is difficult to diagnose, is accompanied by a high fever or does not respond to treatmentYou have an illness such as HIV/AIDs or Hepatitis C that needs ongoing care by an infectious disease specialist.
In his practice Dr. Afzal provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for:
- Fever of Unknown Origin
- Hepatitis B & C
- Lyme Disease
- MRSA/VRE Infections
- Neutropenic Fever
- Septic Arthritis
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Recurrent Sinuitis
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Wound Infections
What To Expect During Your Visit
Dr. Afzal will review your medical data, including X-rays and laboratory reports such as blood work and culture data. He also may perform a physical exam to help determine the cause of the problem.
Laboratory tests to examine samples of blood or other body fluids or cultures from wounds often are ordered. A blood serum analysis can help detect antibodies that indicate what type of infection you have. These advanced tests can further explain the results of earlier tests, helping to pinpoint the problem
Antibiotics are usually ordered to help battle the infection and prevent it from returning. These medicines may be given to you orally (in the form of pills or liquids) or administered directly into your veins, via an IV tube.
Outpatient IV antibiotic therapy is available through the hospital’s surgical department and Henry County Home Care.
Dr.Afzal also consults with hospitalized patients with infections that are difficult to diagnose to help determine the cause of the infection and the best approach to treatment. He also consults on the best approach to treatment for hospitalized patients with problems such as pneumonia, HIV-Aids, tuberculosis, Hepatitis C and surgical site infections.