Upper Respiratory Infections

Upper respiratory infections (URI) are a group of conditions that produce typical cough and cold symptoms. URIs may be caused by both viruses and bacteria. Treatment is often based on controlling the symptoms, and most URIs will pass within seven to ten days. Sometimes an antibiotic is needed to treat a URI. Our providers will evaluate the reason for your URI symptoms and tailor a treatment plan to get you feeling better quickly.

Conditions that cause URI symptoms include:

  • The common cold
  • Acute pharyngitis (sore throat)
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Laryngitis

Symptoms associated with URI include:

  • Congestion
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus pain and pressure

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While unpleasant, the symptoms of a URI will usually resolve with conservative care and treatment of symptoms. Over-the-counter medicines, humidifiers, increased fluids, and increased Vitamin C can help you manage until you’re feeling better. For symptoms that aren’t improving or are getting worse, our providers can help decide how to treat you best.

Here are some things you can do to prevent the spread of the URI and decrease your chances of getting a URI:

  • Frequent handwashing
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean surfaces regularly
  • Avoid crowds when possible