What you need to know about RSV
RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a common virus that affects the lungs and breathing passages. It’s similar to the common cold, but can be more severe, especially in infants and young children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people with RSV will have a mild illness, but some people may develop more serious problems such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis.
What are the symptoms of RSV?
- The symptoms of RSV are similar to the common cold, and can include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- In severe cases, RSV can lead to pneumonia or bronchiolitis, which is inflammation of the small airways in the lungs. Infants and young children are at a higher risk for these complications.
Symptoms of pneumonia or bronchiolitis can include:
- Fast or difficult breathing
- Blueness around the mouth or fingernails
- Decreased appetite
When should I see a doctor?
- If your child has any of the following symptoms, you should contact their doctor right away:
- Fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Difficulty eating or drinking fluids
- Increased irritability or lethargy
What is the treatment for RSV?
There is no specific treatment for RSV. Most people will recover on their own within 1 to 2 weeks. However, some people may need hospitalization for supportive care, such as oxygen therapy or fluids through an IV. If your child has a more severe case of RSV, they may need to be hospitalized. The staff at Rochester Medical Group is here to answer any questions you may have about RSV and its treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.