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?
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 is very common and most children have been infected by the age of 2 years.