Also called: URI,Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
An upper respiratory infection (URI) is an infection that affects the nose and
throat. A cold is the
most common type of URI. Croup and sinusitis are also URIs.
More to Know
URIs may cause swelling inside the nose, which is what gives a person that "stuffed
up" feeling. Other common symptoms include a sore throat, sneezing, and a runny nose.
URIs are highly contagious and spread through coughing,
hand contact, and even by touching objects an infected person has touched. Kids in
childcare and grade school get the most colds. Infections like this are most widespread
in winter months.
Keep in Mind
Most colds clear up in a week with no treatment. If a URI lasts longer than a week
or your child is getting worse instead of better, talk to a doctor. Pain in the chest,
ears, or sinuses could
be signs of a more serious infection.
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