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Medical History for Pneumonia - Topic Overview

Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and how many days you have had them. If he or she thinks you may have pneumonia, your doctor will want to know whether you have:

Your doctor may also ask whether you have:

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  • A history of upper respiratory tract infections, such as a cold.
  • Been in contact with other people with lung infections or other types of infections.
  • Had a recent injury to the rib area such as a bruise or broken rib (fracture).
  • Traveled recently (especially outside of the United States).
  • Ever used or currently use alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Ever smoked or currently smoke cigarettes.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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