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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.

    Last updated April 4, 2018.

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