Infectious Diseases

General Infectious Diseases Care

From sinus infections to urinary tract infections to the common cold, we’ve all experienced some type of infection. Infectious diseases are caused by organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi. They can be spread directly from one person to another, or by an animal or insect bite. Often, these organisms live in or on our bodies without causing disease. Our immune system protects us from getting sick, but it can get overwhelmed. The young, the elderly, and those whose immune systems are weakened are especially at risk.

Some infectious diseases, such as chickenpox and smallpox, can be prevented by vaccines. Frequent and thorough handwashing is the frontline of defense against infection. But when an infection does occur, prompt medical attention can prevent it from getting worse.

At Mount Sinai, our specialists help in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of infectious diseases. Some of the infectious diseases that we treat include:

  • Bloodstream infections
  • Cellulitis
  • Candidiasis
  • Cat Scratch Fever
  • Encephalitis/meningitis
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Mononucleosis
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Osteomyelitis and joint infections
  • Peritonitis
  • Pharyngitis/Tonsillopharyngitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Rabies
  • Salmonellosis
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Staphylococcal infections
  • Syphilis
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Wound infections