Some of the upper respiratory infections the team at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care sees most often include:
A cold is a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include sore throat, a runny then blocked nose, sneezing, watering eyes, headache, cough, and weakness.
Influenza or flu shares some similarities with colds, but you’re also likely to have a fever and may suffer from nausea and vomiting. Flu is often more debilitating than a cold and tends to take longer to go away.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common upper respiratory illness that typically causes symptoms much like a mild cold. Most people get better in a week or so, but RSV can be a serious problem for older adults and children under one year of age, leading to complications like pneumonia.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses, cavities behind your face that can swell when they get infected. Sinus infections often develop after a cold, causing intense facial pain and headaches that worsen if you bend over.
Strep throat causes a severe sore throat that most commonly affects children.
Other upper respiratory infections include laryngitis, mononucleosis (mono), pharyngitis, and tonsillitis. Some conditions, like COVID-19, can affect both the upper and lower respiratory tracts. You can also develop a lower respiratory tract infection following an upper respiratory infection, for example, getting pneumonia after having the flu.
The symptoms typical of upper respiratory tract infections are often similar to those experienced by patients who have asthma or allergies.