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In less-serious LRTIs, the symptoms are relatively mild and can be similar to the common cold. These include:

  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Low-grade fever
  • Mild headache

Mild LRTIs can sometimes become more severe, leading to pneumonia, bronchitis, or other more serious infections. At times one may have a viral infection that is then complicated by a bacterial infection. Symptoms of a more serious LRTI include:

  • Fever
  • Severe cough
  • Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Skin turning a blue color due to lack of oxygen
  • Chest pain or tightness

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If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory tract infection, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

Learn more about our doctors and care team who diagnose and treat lower respiratory tract infections.