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Rsv or Respiratory syncytial virus is an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract. The symptoms of Rsv are similar to that of the common cold which are a blocked or congested nose, cough, sore throat, headache and fever. In older children and adults this disorder is most often misdiagnosed as common cold.
HOW IS RSV DIAGNOSED?
Doctors usually diagnose RSV by taking a medical history and doing a physical exam. In most healthy kids, it's not necessary to distinguish RSV from a common cold. But if a child has other health conditions, a doctor might want to make a specific diagnosis. In that case, RSV is identified by testing nasal secretions collected either with a cotton swab or by suction through a bulb syringe.
HOW IS RSV TREATED?
Treatment of RSV includes self care measures along with constant monitoring and checking. The patient would also be kept under observation if needed. A nebulized bronchodilator to help in decongesting the lungs area. Medicines like nebulized form of ribavirin are also used here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rsv is very common and most children have been infected by the age of 2 years.