Symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections
- Dry, hacking cough or a wet cough that produces phlegm
- Feeling of irritation in your throat or chest
Sometimes, coughing can make breathing difficult or cause shortness of breath. If your symptoms are severe, please see a qualified healthcare professional.
- Pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swollen tonsils or lymph nodes
- Hoarseness or a raspy voice
- Dryness or irritation in the throat
- Feeling of stuffiness, pressure, or blockage in the nose or sinuses
- Excessive production of mucus or nasal discharge (a runny nose)
- Sneezing or coughing to clear the mucus
- Fatigue or difficulty sleeping due to discomfort
Not every cough or URTI needs a visit to the doctor. To help you decide what you should do next or visit NHS Direct’s page on respiratory tract infections for more information.
Please keep in mind that this information is intended for guidance only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.
If you are experiencing severe, worsening, or persistent symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention from your doctor, pharmacist, or other qualified healthcare professional. Call NHS 111 or visit NHS Direct for further information.