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?