URI Viral

Time to see a doctor

Most people get over a URI without lasting problems. Even so, having it can be uncomfortable. It can be hard to know when the symptoms call for a trip to the doctor. But we suggest scheduling a consultation upon experiencing:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever (low-grade)
  • Coughing up mucus that may be yellow or green
  • Runny and stuffy nose starting a few days before the chest congestion
  • Feeling run-down or tired
  • If your symptoms persist.

We do NOT treat patients experiencing high fever, chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Acute URI is characterized by sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, and sputum production, fever, headache. Because viruses cause most cases, antibiotics are not generally used.


The symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sniffling and runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Chest congestion

In children, the common cold can also cause a fever. But adults do not usually get a fever when they have a cold.


URI is usually caused by a viral infection. Lots of viruses can take hold inside your nose, mouth, throat, or lungs, and cause cold symptoms.