The respiratory tract is the pathway that carries air to the lungs. The lower respiratory tract consists of the lungs and windpipe, while the upper respiratory tract includes the nose, sinuses, throat (pharynx), and voice box (larynx). Although sinusitis, laryngitis, and strep throat are all infections of the upper respiratory tract, the term "upper respiratory infection" (URI) usually refers to acute viral respiratory infections such as the common cold or flu.
URIs are among the most common reasons people seek medical attention and are the leading reason why people miss school or work. URIs are most commonly caused by viruses and can occur year-round, although most occur during the cold or rainy months in the winter. They are also very common among young children in daycare, as their immune systems are still developing.
The symptoms of a viral URI typically include:
- Body aches
- Ear fullness
- Hoarse voice
- Low-grade fever
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose with clear mucus
- Sore or scratchy throat
Why Choose UHealth?
Highly specialized rhinology doctors. The experts at University of Miami Health are here to help you breathe easier, smell better, and rest better with an accurate diagnosis and leading edge treatments in a compassionate setting. Our fellowship-trained providers specialize in the nasal airway, and our rhinology specialists have completed specialized training in nasal and sinus disorders. They have dedicated their clinical and research careers to caring for nasal and sinus disorders.
Our academic health center provides you with more treatment options. Our ENT specialists are experts in the field of rhinology. As part of an academic health center, we are proud to offer breakthrough treatments not available to other facilities in South Florida. We also offer our patients early access to clinical trials and new medical and procedural treatments. We provide comprehensive care for a wide array of rhinologic conditions, backed by expertise, research, and education.