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Pneumonia Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Have you ever had pneumonia in the past?
  • Does your cough produce phlegm? What color is it?
  • What other medical conditions do you have, such as heart disease, heart failure, asthma, or COPD?
  • Are you taking chemotherapy or other medicines that affect your immune system?
  • Are you allergic to any medicines?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you have a cough, chest pain with deep breathing or coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, or fever?
  • Have you tried any medicines to improve your symptoms?
  • Have you recently traveled or been around someone who is sick?
  • Do you smoke or use e-cigarettes?
  • When was your last flu vaccine? Have you had a pneumonia vaccine?
  • What other medical conditions do you have, such as heart disease, heart failure, asthma, or COPD? How are you treating your condition?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • What side effects are you experiencing from your medicines?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What causes pneumonia?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose pneumonia?
  • What treatments are available for pneumonia?
  • Do I need to see a lung specialist or some other specialist?
  • Do I need to be hospitalized for my pneumonia?
  • Is pneumonia contagious?
  • How long will the cough last?
  • Will antibiotics treat my kind of pneumonia?
  • What are the potential complications of pneumonia? What are the sign and symptoms?
  • Do I need to get any vaccinations once I'm healthy?
  • Could another antibiotic be just as effective with fewer side effects?
  • Do my new or different symptoms mean my pneumonia is getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my pneumonia symptoms?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 5
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