Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
At Supreme Care ER, we understand that medical emergencies can happen at any time, including holidays. Our dedicated team is available 24/7 to provide fast, quality care for a range of conditions, including Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Here’s a guide to help you understand RSV and when to seek emergency care.
What is RSV?
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common respiratory infection that can affect people of all ages. It is especially serious in young children, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems.
This respiratory virus is highly contagious and spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can live on surfaces for several hours, contributing to its ease of transmission.
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Difficulty breathing
Who is at Risk?
Infants, elderly individuals, and those with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of severe RSV infection.
How it is Treated?
Treatment for Respiratory Syncytial Virus is focused on relieving symptoms and supporting the patient’s respiratory function. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.
When to go to the ER: Warning Signs & Symptoms:
Seek emergency care if you or a loved one experience:
- Severe difficulty breathing
- Bluish coloration of the lips or face
- Persistent high fever
- Lethargy or difficulty staying awake
Complications if Treatment is not Received Quickly:
Untreated RSV can lead to complications such as pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and respiratory failure, particularly in vulnerable populations.