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Pediatric infectious disease specialists

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Marshfield Clinic Children's Infectious Disease specialists diagnose and manage complex infectious diseases.

Here are some of the infectious diseases we treat:

  • Blastomycosis
  • HIV
  • Lyme Disease 

Blastomycosis

Blastomycosis is an airborne disease caused by the fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis, which is found in certain areas of Wisconsin such as Eagle River, Ladysmith and Weston. 

The fungus can cause pneumonia and other infections especially in the bones and skin. 

Marshfield Clinic has pediatric specialists who diagnose and treat infectious disease including Blastomycosis.

Treatments

There are no vaccines available to prevent blastomycosis, and it cannot be detected in the soil. Anti-fungal medications, taken orally or intravenously, are an effective treatment for most patients.

HIV

HIV weakens the parts of the body that fight off disease (the immune system). It spreads through body fluids passed during sex, through infected needles, or at birth from an infected mother. 

When HIV begins to cause severe health problems, it's called AIDS. There's no cure for HIV or AIDS, but treatment can help a person stay healthier longer. 

Marshfield Clinic has infectious disease specialists who diagnose and treat kids with HIV and AIDS.

Treatments

HIV and AIDS can't be cured, but medications can help the body resist diseases while others reduce symptoms. Medications to treat HIV/AIDS include:

  • Nucleoside or Nucleotide Anti-retrovirals interfere with the virus's reproduction of its genetic material
  • Protease Inhibitors interfere with the enzymes the virus needs to take over certain cells in the body.
  • Non-nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs) interfere with the virus's ability to pack its genetic material into viral code, which it needs to reproduce itself.​

​Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a bacteria transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick (also called bear tick). 

Lyme disease can cause many health problems. The disease can affect the nervous system, heart, joints, and skin. 

Marshfield Clinic has pediatric specialists who diagnose and treat infectious diseases including Lyme Disease.

Treatments

Medication
Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics.

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