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Dallas Infectious Disease Program

Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention of Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites. There are many ways to catch an infection – bacteria could enter through an open wound, parasites may be living in contaminated food, or outside pathogens could be introduced to your system through a bug bite. Infectious diseases can be serious and require dedicated care from a medical specialists.

The Methodist Transplant Specialists's fellowship-trained Edward Dominguez, MD is highly skilled in providing General Infectious Disease care for patients with normal or impaired immune systems, particularly those who have had organ transplants.

Services we offer include:

  • General Infectious Disease treatment and consultation
  • Resistant bacterial infections: Methicillin, Staphylococcal aureus (MRSA) infections
  • Clinical Research

Organ Transplant Infectious Disease

It’s possible to become infected through an organ transplant. It is a potential risk that anyone who receives an organ transplant should be aware of. This is why patients and donors should undergo extensive screening procedures before a transplant occurs.

Immunosuppressant are often provided to patients to prevent their body from rejecting organ. The drawback is that these will weaken their immune system and make them more susceptible to infections. Thankfully, it is possible to treat infections caused by organ transplants. Talk with your doctor about the warning signs of an infection so that you promptly schedule an appointment if symptoms occur.

Your immune system will be weakened after an organ transplant, so be sure to avoid infection risks whenever possible, including:

  • Getting too close to animals
  • Spending time around people dealing with their own infection or illness
  • Entering crowded areas such as stores, restaurants, movie theaters, etc.
  • Gardening
  • Walking past construction sites or industrial areas

Be sure to clean and dress wounds quickly and keep up with your regular dental appointments. Many infections can start in the mouth!