Common cold: How to prepare for your appointment

Since doctor’s appointments are often kept short, it is perhaps a good idea to be prepared for one so that the time is well-used. The following information is what you can expect from your doctor; therefore, make sure you remember everything before visiting a doctor. The best way to keep everything recorded is to write the information down in a journal:

  1. Write down when the symptoms of the cold started and for how long it has been taking place
  2. Write down the symptoms of cold you or your child are suffering from
  3. Write down any recent meetings with people who have been ill or who have exhibited signs and symptoms of a cold
    How to prepare for your appointment

    How to prepare for your appointment

  4. Write down any medical conditions, symptoms or signs of any other health problem your child may be suffering from. Also make sure you note down the medication you or your child is taking
  5. Make sure you write down any questions you want to ask for your doctor. This will help you as many people tend to miss out on important details and important questions they previously wanted to ask during the meeting. Since your time at the doctor’s is often limited, you can make a list of questions about your cold such as:
  • What is the cause of the signs and symptoms I am experiencing?
  • Is it possible that there might be another cause of the problem?
  • Which treatment would you advise?
  • Will I have to go through any tests?
  • What are the treatment approaches that should be avoided?
  • When will the symptoms ease out?
  • Is the cold contagious? When will it be safe for me/my child to return to school/work?
  • Are there any home treatments that may help relieve the symptoms?
  • Am I or my child going through some other health conditions as well? What do you think is the best treatment to manage the conditions altogether?

Make sure you do not hesitate to ask any questions during your appointment when your doctor gives you an explanation to your queries. Make sure you have a proper understanding of what he says and consider the self-help approaches he provided you seriously.

What questions will your doctor ask?

Being prepared can help you answer any question your doctor asks you so that you are able to save more time for further information. The following are the questions the doctor may ask you about your condition:

  • What are the signs and symptoms you noticed in yourself or your child. How severe are these problems?
  • Have these symptoms changed during the period of the disease?
  • Have the symptoms improved or worsened over time?
  • Did you have a fever during your cold? How high was the fever?
  • Was there any exposure between you/your child with people have been ill, since the past two weeks?
  • Is there anything that exacerbates or improves the symptoms?
  • Have you/your child lost weight?
  • What vitamin supplements or medication is being taken to relieve the condition?
  • Have you/your child been diagnosed with any other complication?

Additional Information

The common cold is a relatively minor respiratory situation that is not covered in first aid training. More serious respiratory emergencies that are covered in workplace approved training programs include asthma, anaphylaxis, hyperventilation and shock. For more information about these and other serious respiratory emergencies enrol in a course today.

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