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Upper Respiratory Infection (cont.)

Upper Respiratory Infection Symptoms

Symptoms of the common cold may include:

  • stuffiness (nasal congestion), runny nose, low grade fever, post-nasal drip, and cough;
    • the cough is usually dry (no sputum form the lung is being produced);
    • with post-nasal drip, the cough may bring up some of the nasal secretions that have dripped into the back of the throat; and
  • sinusitis symptoms such as fullness in the face, increased nasal drainage, and occasionally pain and fever;

In some infants and children, the upper airways may become inflamed causing croup (laryngotracheobronchitis, acute LTB). In addition to runny nose and stuffiness, the upper airways, especially the larynx can become inflamed causing a croupy or "barking cough."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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