You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
When did your symptoms start?
respiratory problem localized, such as involving only one ear, one side of your
sinuses, or the lungs?
Did symptoms start as a cold but now appear
to be worse than you would expect from a cold?
Have you had similar
symptoms before? How were they treated?
Do you have a productive
cough? Are you coughing up clear, white, green, yellow, or blood-tinged mucus?
How much mucus are you bringing up? Are you coughing up mucus all day long or
mostly at nighttime?
Have you had fever and chills?
you wheezing, or do you have new or worsening shortness of
Do you have a severe headache, earache, or sore
Do any other members of your family or work group have
Have you recently been exposed to large amounts
of dust, fumes, smoke, or chemicals?
Do you smoke or use other
Have you recently used an indoor hot tub, pool,
What home treatment have you tried? Did it help?
What prescription, nonprescription, or alternative medicines have
you tried? Did they help?
Have you recently traveled inside or
outside of your home country?
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2014
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