Other Respiratory Illnesses

Many infections and illnesses can cause cold symptoms or flu symptoms, but they are not cold or flu. Find out what other respiratory illnesses may be plaguing you.


  • sick girl with a mug, respiratory illness, common cold, flu, sore throat
    Acute Bronchitis
    Acute bronchitis is usually caused by an infection that inflames the main airways to the lungs. Coughing, wheezing and chest pain are symptoms.
  • Bronchitis, lung infection, respiratory illness, common cold
    Chronic Bronchitis
    Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the lungs' main airways that continues for a long period or keeps coming back. Smoking is the main cause.

Head, Nose and Chest Conditions

  • child sneezing among flowers, pollen, allergen
    Allergic Rhinitis
    Visit our Allergy site! Known as "hay fever," the sneezy, itchy, runny and congested noses are caused by allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites and more
  • woman blowing nose into tissue
    Vasomotor Rhinitis
    This is a runny nose and sneezing with no apparent cause. Anything from cold air to stress can start the nose running.
  • Sinusitis, sinus infection, respiratory illness, headache
    Acute Sinusitis
    Acute sinusitis is usually caused by a viral infection. It can cause pain in the forehead, between and under the eyes and even in the teeth.