Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and how many days you
have had them. If he or she thinks you may have
pneumonia, your doctor will want to know whether you
A cough that brings up
mucus (productive cough). Your doctor may ask you to
cough up a sample of the mucus for testing. If your pneumonia is not caused by
bacteria or a virus, your coughing may not bring up mucus (a nonproductive or
Any conditions or take any medicines that may weaken
your body's natural defense system (impaired immune system).
Any signs of complications of pneumonia, such as
severe, stabbing chest wall pain, sudden change in breathing with severe
shortness of breath, joint pain, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, or increase in
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