Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Coccidioidomycosis
Making notes before your visit and taking along a trusted family member or friend can help you through the first appointment with your doctor.
If you believe that you may have coccidioidomycosis:
- What symptoms suggest coccidioidomycosis?
- What tests are needed to make the diagnosis?
- If the initial tests are negative, what follow-up, if any, is needed?
If you have been diagnosed with coccidioidomycosis:
- How do we know whether I need treatment?
- How frequently do I need follow-up, and what follow-up testing will I need?
- How long do I need to be treated, and what are the possible side effects?
- What are the potential downsides of not taking antifungal therapy if it is prescribed?
- What signs or symptoms of progressive disease should I watch for?
- What are the long-term effects of coccidioidomycosis?
If you are traveling to/through the endemic region and have an increased risk for developing severe infection:
- Am I at increased for getting coccidioidomycosis?
- What, if any, preventive measures should I take?
- If I get sick, where should I go to get care?
This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.