Upper Respiratory Infections

Upper Respiratory Infections

The common cold is an infection of your nose and throat by a virus.  It usually goes away on its own even though it can be uncomfortable.  The cold usually lasts a week to 10 days.  This can last longer in people who smoke.  Adults will usually have two to three colds a year.

A cold can include the following complaints:

  • runny or stuffy nose (the discharge can be yellow or even green)
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • body aches
  • mild headache
  • sneezing
  • low grade fever
  • generally not feeling well

Please call for an appointment if you have:


  • Severe headache, sinus pain. or sore throat
  • A fever above 101.3 F (38.5 C)
  • A fever lasting 5 or more days
  • A fever that comes back after being gone
  • SOB
  • wheezing
  • not eating or drinking


  • ear pain
  • wheezing
  • fever over 100.4 F (38 C) in newborns up to 12 weeks
  • fever lasting more than two days or rising
  • worsening symptoms or just not getting better
  • very fussy
  • unusually sleepy
  • severe headache or cough

Colds can turn into ear infections, asthma flares, sinus infections, strep throat, pneumonia, croup, bronchitis.






Upper Respiratory Infections