Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Symptoms Comparison

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UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION
SYMPTOMS COMPARISION
  Common
Cold
Influenza Pharyngitis Allergic
Rhinitis
Sudden Symptom Onset      
Tearing Eyes      
Clogged Ears       º
Nasal Congestion     º
Runny Nose  
Sneezing  
Postnasal Drip º      
Cough* º   º
Sore or Scratchy Throat º
Swollen lymph nodes (neck)     º  
Difficulty Breathing      
Headache º º º
Body Ache º º  
Chills      
Fatigue*     º
Nausea/Vomiting      
Fever† º º  
Itching (may be anywhere)      
Possible Complications

  –Bronchitis

  –Ear infection

  –Pneumonia

  –Sinusitis

  –Pneumonia

  –Encephalitis

  –Meningitis

  –Seizures

  –Ear infection

  –Mastoiditis

  –Sinusitis

  –Peritonsillar
abscess

 
NOTES

Characteristic symptom    
º Symptom present in some patients

 

* Cough and fatigue associated with influenza may persist for weeks

† Fever associated with the common cold is usually low-grade (100−102°F) and limited to children; fever associated with influenza is usually severe (102−106°F) and present in both adults and children

REFERENCES

1. Common Cold. Available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
medlineplus/ency/article/000678.htm
. Accessed November 27, 2012.

2. Flu. Available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
medlineplus/ency/article/000080.htm
. Accessed November 27, 2012.

3. Pharyngitis. Available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
medlineplus/ency/article/000655.htm
. Accessed November 27, 2012.

4. Allergic Rhinitis. Available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
medlineplus/ency/article/000813.htm
. Accessed November 27, 2012.

(Rev. 7/2016)

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