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?
Diagnosis of RSV is based on the child’s symptoms and time of the year the infection affects the child. The pediatrician listens to the lungs with a stethoscope to check for wheezing or abnormal sounds. Other diagnostic tests are pulse oximetry to check for oxygen level in bloodstream, blood tests to check white cell counts, chest X-rays and lab tests of respiratory secretions
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?
Though this problem affects children mostly, it can also happen in adults, especially people who are exposed to a lot of pollution.