RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

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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.

RSV Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Common Causes:

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.

Common Symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fever
  • Wheezing
  • 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 Can be Prevented

To reduce the risk:  Wash hands frequently, Avoid close contact with sick individuals, Keep surfaces clean, Practice good respiratory hygiene.

How is it Diagnosed?

A thorough medical examination and diagnostic tests, such as nasal swabs, may be performed to confirm its presence.

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.