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Differences in immune response and infection type can affect what symptoms arise. Common symptoms of infections include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Coughing


Optum physicians are highly skilled in caring for a wide range of infections. We specialize in caring for:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Cellulitis (skin infection)
  • Chronic infections (long-term infections)
  • Communicable diseases (illnesses that can be caught from people, animals or objects)
  • COVID-19
  • HIV exposure (a virus that attacks white blood cells that fight infection)
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Parasitic diseases (illness caused by an organism living in the body; for example, a tapeworm)
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections (infections of the parts of the body that handles urine)
  • Tuberculosis (an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria)
  • Wounds


Most infections can be treated by a single prescription of oral medication (pills). We provide a wide range of oral medications as well as alternative treatments and additional services.

  • Antibiotics
  • Antivirals
  • Antifungals
  • Antiparasitics
  • Home infusion care
  • Infectious disease consulatiantions in both offices and hospitals
  • Travel medicine (including expert advice on vaccines and shots)
  • and more

Preventing infectious diseases

You can get an infectious disease in a variety of ways like physical contact with an infected person, a parasite or an exposed open wound.

Preventing infectious diseases focuses on hygiene, which makes  it difficult for the organism to spread.

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly after coming in contact with someone who is ill, animals or animal droppings.
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth and nose.
  • Maintain a hygienic, sanitary household with special attention to the kitchen and bathroom(s)
  • Avoid people who are coughing or sneezing. If you must cough or sneeze, do so in your elbow to limit the spread of any infections.
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations to reduce the risk of viral infections.
  • Keep all open wounds clean and covered.
  • Avoid insect bites by covering up and using insect repellent.
  • Drink or eat food only from trusted sources.

Medical care and help

If you think you may have an infection, stay away from others until you are able to see a doctor. Start by scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician who can prescribe medication and help you find a specialist if needed.

To find an infectious disease specialist near you, visit our provider page.

Contact us if you have any questions.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.