Infections

Infection

The term infection covers a broad variety of illnesses ranging from mild to severe. An infection is the invasion of the body by an organism (bacteria, virus, fungus, or parasites). An infection may be specific to one area of the body, or it may spread to the entire body.

Causes

One of the easiest ways to catch an infectious disease is to come in direct contact with an infected person.

Disease can also be spread through indirect contact- such as touching a surface (doorknob, computer keyboard) in which an infected person has touched and left germs behind.

Another way that infections can spread is through insect bites. Disease like West Nile Virus or Lyme’s Disease is spread when an infected insect bites a host. 

Symptoms

Each infection has its own set of symptoms, but the general signs of infection include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches

When to see the doctor

Seek prompt medical attention if you:

  • Have been bitten by an animal
  • Are having trouble breathing
  • Have severe headache with fever
  • Experience a rash with swelling
  • Have sudden vision problems 

Our Neighborhood Walk-In Clinic is:

  • Walk-in friendly
  • Open 7 days a week 8am-8pm
  • In-network for most Washington insurers
  • Open extended hours
  • Equipped with X-Ray and Lab on-site
  • Staffed by Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners.