Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. It's so common that most children have been infected with the virus by age 2. Respiratory syncytial virus can also infect adults.In adults and older, healthy children, the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus are mild and typically mimic the common cold. Self-care measures are usually all that's needed to relieve any discomfort.Symptoms include
Congested or runny nose
HOW IS RSV DIAGNOSED?
Apart from the usual physical examination, the paediatrician would also do a lung X-ray or scan along with blood and urine tests.
HOW IS RSV TREATED?
As with the common cold treatment for Rsv consists of self-care or measures to make the patient feel comfortable. Antibiotics might be prescribed in cases of bacterial complications. For severe cases of Rsv hospitalization might be required so that the patient can have access to a nebulized bronchodilator and intravenous fluids.
DID YOU KNOW?
RSV can be severe in some cases, especially in premature babies with underlying health conditions