# Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URI)
-- Symptoms: *** (fever, cough, rhinorrhea, sneezing, sore throat, malaise, loss of smell)
-- Red Flags: *** (dyspnea, wheezing, fever >103, AMS, trouble swallowing, muffled voice)
-- Sick Contacts: ***
-- RFs: *** (co-morbidities, immunocompromised)
-- Vaccination Status: *** (COVID, influenza, Pneumo)
-- COVID Test: ***
DDx: viral URI, influenza, COVID, bacterial PNA, allergic rhinitis
-- Pain and Fevers: Tylenol 650mg q6 PRN or Ibuprofen 400 q6 PRN
-- Congestion: fluticasone, pseudoephedrine, guaifenesin
-- Cough: dextromethorphan
-- If dx with Influenza or risk contact - oseltamivir 75mg PO daily if within 48 hours
-- CXR if concern for underlying pneumonia
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Based on your history and symptoms, you most likely have a viral infection causing an upper respiratory infection (also known as the common cold).
Symptoms of a common cold usually last 7-10 days, but a cough can last up to 3-4 weeks.
There is no role for antibiotics at this time since antibiotics do not treat viruses and can have side effects we try to avoid. The best thing you can do is stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
Here are some general recommendations that may be helpful:
Please call the office or present to the emergency department if you develop worsening shortness of breath, fevers greater than 103, or trouble swallowing or speaking.
Treatment is supportive unless there are red flags like dyspnea, fever >103, AMS or dysphagia.