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?
Severe cases of RSV require hospitalization of the child. For mild cases over-the-counter medication or bringing down the fever may be enough. Hospital care includes intravenous fluids and humidified oxygen
DID YOU KNOW?
RSV can be severe in some cases, especially in premature babies with underlying health conditions