Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection, more commonly known as RSV, can cause serious health problems for infants, young children, and older adults.
Almost all children will experience RSV by the time they turn two, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most RSV infections go away on their own within a week or two.
Symptoms of RSV
Individuals who are infected typically show symptoms of RSV within 4-6 days after being exposed. Symptoms include runny nose, fever, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and decreased appetite. The symptoms typically appear in stages and not all at the same time.
There is no specific treatment for RSV. There is currently research being done to develop vaccines and antivirals. Over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers can be used to manage fever and pain. Staying hydrated is crucial to prevent dehydration.
RSV can cause more severe infections like bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Healthy adults and infants who get RSV don’t usually require hospitalization. But some individuals may need to be hospitalized if they’re having trouble breathing or get dehydrated.
Preventing RSV is similar to preventing other viruses. If you’re experiencing cold-like symptoms, cover your coughs and sneeze with a tissue. Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with others. Clean surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs.
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