Common Infections of the Upper Respiratory Tract

What’s Making Me Sick?

Many different pathogens can cause similar respiratory symptoms. Since it’s difficult to tell what’s causing an infection based on symptoms alone, your healthcare provider can run tests to determine what’s causing your illness and find the best way to treat it.

Illnesses like the common cold, influenza, COVID-19, strep throat, and others require different treatment approaches. Your healthcare provider will recommend treatment based on your individual diagnosis.

Disclaimer: Ultimate diagnosis and treatment are based on multiple factors (including your symptoms, severity of illness, and lab tests) and patients should listen to the guidance of their healthcare provider.