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 next 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 if 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 medication if it is prescribed?
  • What signs or symptoms of worsening disease should I watch for?
  • What are the long-term effects of coccidioidomycosis?

If you are traveling to/through a region where Valley fever is common and have an increased risk for developing severe infection:

  • What, if any, preventive measures should I take?
  • If I get sick, where should I go to get care?

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: October 23, 2020

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