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An upper respiratory infection (URI) is a common viral infection of the nose, throat, and upper air passages that lead to the lungs. The most common type of URI is the common cold. URIs usually get better on their own, without medical treatment.
This condition may be diagnosed based on your medical history and symptoms, and a physical exam. Your health care provider may use a cotton swab to take a mucus sample from your nose (nasal swab). This sample can be tested to determine what virus is causing the illness.
Eating and drinking
How to prevent the spread of infection to others
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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