Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I’m worried it may be a cold or the flu.
  • I have a cold or the flu, and this is a follow-up visit.
  • I have a cold or flu, and I’m sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I’m worried it may be a cold or the flu.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on February 04, 2020

  1. Are my symptoms likely to be a cold or the flu?
  2. If I have a cold, what cold remedies do you recommend?
  3. If I have the flu, what flu medications do you recommend?
  4. I got the flu vaccine. Why do I have the flu?
  5. I forgot to get the flu vaccine. Is it too late to get one this season?
  6. How can I avoid spreading a cold or flu while I’m sick?
  7. If I don't feel better, when should I make another doctor's appointment?

I have a cold or the flu, and this is a follow-up visit.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on February 04, 2020

  1. Do I need to worry about complications from a cold or flu?
  2. How long can I safely take over-the-counter cold or flu relief medicine?
  3. If I didn’t get a flu shot before, should I get one now?
  4. What else can I do to avoid getting a cold or the flu in the future?
  5. How long should I stay home from work or school?

I have a cold or flu, and I’m sick or having problems.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on February 04, 2020

  1. Could my problems be a sign that my cold or flu is getting worse?
  2. Could I have something besides a cold or flu?
  3. Are my problems a side effect of medications I’m taking?
  4. Should I consider taking a different medication?
  5. What should I do if my symptoms worsen?