While many infections can be handled by a primary care physician, sometimes you require the expertise of an infectious disease specialist. The focused training and diagnostic tools of Dr. Serge Lartchenko can help determine the cause of your infection and the best treatment approach. Our thorough investigation of infections and focus on patient outcomes makes us a leader in the treatment of Dallas’ infections. The most common conditions Dr. Lartchenko treats at Texas Infectious Disease Institute are below.
WHAT ARE ORTHOPEDIC INFECTIONS?
Orthopedic infections are any variety of infection that affect your body’s bones, joints, or even prothstetics. Bone infections (osteomyelitis) and prosthetic infections are caused by a variety of sources. Whether contracted during surgery or a complication of another condition, orthopedic infections are often difficult to treat. Traditional antibiotics often don’t have a significant effect on bone tissue and prosthetic infections often develop a layer of biofilm to protect themselves from antibodies and antibiotics. When dealing with such complex infections you should trust the experts at Texas Infectious Disease Institute.
WHAT ARE DIABETIC FOOT INFECTIONS?
From your vascular system to your immune system, diabetes alters your entire body’s regular functions. When these affects compound, they lead to complications that threaten serious infections, the need for amputation or even toxic shock. Treatment for diabetes takes time. While you are in recovery, Texas Infectious Disease Institute can help protect you from the worst complications. Dr. Lartchenko can help you to understand and overcome:
Nerve damage or poor blood flow increases your risk of complication in the foot. The foot is far from the heart, so when blood vessels are constrained much less blood is available to the foot. Nerve damage increases the likelihood that foot injuries go unnoticed. When left untreated, cuts and blisters can more easily lead to infection or even amputation.
WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM
Multiple factors make every infection worse for diabetics. Changes in blood sugar feed bacteria and weaken your immune system. On top of that lower blood pressure makes it more difficult to get white blood cells and oxygen throughout your body. This makes every kind of infection more likely and increase your risk for complications.
WHAT IS HIV?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that, unlike most viruses, attacks white blood cells directly. As white blood cells are lost, patients can eventually develop acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Luckily, with today’s treatments most patients can keep their HIV in check. With the help of an expert team like Texas Infectious Disease Institute you have the chance to live with HIV comfortably.
WHAT IS A CHRONIC UTI?
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the most common infection among women. Around 20-30% of women experience a UTI in their lifetime. Urinary tract infections are mostly an annoyance, but sometime people experience recurrent UTIs that can become a major issue. In addition to discomfort, UTIs can cause a risk of toxic shock syndrome. The treatment options provided in our infusion suite can help you to resolve a difficult UTI.
WHAT IS OSTEOMYELITIS?
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. These are often difficult to treat infections for a number of reasons. In addition, many bone infections have a serious risk of spreading quickly. An untreated bone infection can lead to significantly more complicated reactions throughout the body. If you have a bone infection it is critical to trust an expert. Dr. Serge Lartchenko can provide care to the most complex infections, including osteomyelitis.
WHAT ARE SURGICAL SITE INFECTIONS?
Cellulitis is a non-contagious infection of the lower layers of skin. It is relatively easy to treat, but some cases are more stubborn than others. A simple cellulitis infection can be treated in a number of ways, but a unrelenting case will often require the expertise of a infectious disease specialist.
WHAT IS CELLULITIS?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infection in different parts of the body. Because it's resistant to some commonly used antibiotics, it is generally more difficult to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus - or staph. Though most MRSA infections aren't serious, some can be life-threatening. Because it's difficult to treat, MRSA is sometimes called a "superbug."
WHAT IS CHRONIC HEPATITIS B & C?
Viral hepatitis includes five different viruses, all denoted by the letters A - E. While all forms of hepatitis are serious, the most concerning are hepatitis B and hepatitis C. These two viruses are most likely to develop into a chronic condition that will affect the body long term. Treatments for hepatitis are constantly changing, and an expert, like Serge Lartchenko, MD, will provide you with the most advanced treatment available.
WHAT IS MRSA?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a dangerous bacterium that causes infection in many parts of the body. MRSA is a multidrug-resistant (MDR) infection. Also commonly called “superbugs”, MDR bacteria are resistant to some of our most powerful antibiotics. MRSA is the most common MDR bacterium and requires more extensive treatment than the average bacteria. Treatment for a complex infection doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Our infusion suite is the perfect place to relax and start feeling better.
WHAT IS LATENT/DORMANT TUBERCULOSIS
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most chronic respiratory infections. TB is spread slowly by close contact with an actively infected individual. It also takes a long time for TB to develop into a fully chronic condition. If caught before developing into its chronic form tuberculosis is generally easy to treat. Texas Infectious Disease Institute is the place for treatment of TB.