The respiratory syncytial virus is an extremely common infection that impacts people of all ages. Most people get over the symptoms in a week or two, but the virus can be particularly dangerous for infants and the elderly. In some instances, it can lead to pneumonia, especially in children under age one. If you think you or your child could have a respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, consider visiting a walk-in clinic for medical care.
What Are The Symptoms of RSV?
RSV causes the same set of symptoms that occur with most respiratory infections: a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and wheezing. Some people may also experience a fever and decreased appetite. For adults, the symptoms are usually very mild. In children, they can become more severe. Children are more likely to experience bronchiolitis and pneumonia from RSV than adults, so monitor your child for shortness of breath and increased fever when he or she has RSV.
How Is RSV Treated?
For adults, over-the-counter medications may be sufficient in easing symptoms. The virus itself usually goes away on its own within two weeks. Even though there is no cure for the virus, it is important to get medical care if you think you have it, to make sure you get an accurate diagnosis. It is also important for kids to be seen by a doctor if they have RSV, as they may need more urgent care to prevent complications.
Can RSV Be Prevented?
The best way to avoid RSV is to wash your hands before eating and to avoid touching your face or mouth with unwashed hands. You should also avoid contact with people who are sick. If you have RSV, you can reduce the chances of transmitting it by staying home from work or school.
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