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Signs & Symptoms of an Upper Respiratory Infection

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Signs & Symptoms of an Upper Respiratory Infection

Understanding & Identifying a URI

While most of us are familiar with the sniffles and sore throat that accompany simple upper respiratory infections like the common cold, we're here to share some additional information on other infections that can affect your respiratory tract.

What is an Upper Respiratory Infection?

An upper respiratory infection is a viral or bacterial infection affecting one or several areas of your upper respiratory tract. This can include your sinuses, epiglottis, lyryx, and your bronchial tubes. The part of your respiratory tract that is affected determines what type of URI you have.

The types of upper respiratory infections include:

  • The common cold
  • Sinusitis
  • Epiglottitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Bronchitis

What Can Cause a URI?

When it comes to upper respiratory infections, they can be brought on by both viruses and bacteria.

Viruses that can cause a URI include:

  • Adenovirus
  • Coxsackievirus
  • Parainfluenza virus
  • Rhinovirus
  • Influenza viruses

Bacteria that can cause a URI include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Diphtheria
  • group A beta-hemolytic streptococci
  • group C beta-hemolytic streptococci

Signs & Symptoms

Some of the most commonly experienced symptoms of an upper respiratory infection include:

  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Fever
  • Pain while swallowing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing

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