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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Respiratory Syncytial Virus

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Is there a cure for respiratory syncytial virus (r.S.V.)?

Is there a cure for respiratory syncytial virus (r.S.V.)?

Treatment available: Inhaled ribavirin, an antiviral agent, can be used to treat severe cases of RSV in infants and children. Palivizumab, an antibody, can be given to people at high risk for RSV to prevent infection. ...Read more

Dr. Agustin Rivas
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Rsv (Definition)

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, causes mild cold and flu-like symptoms in adults and older children. In younger infants and children, it can cause more serious "croup-like" symptoms such ...Read more


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Is there a cure for respiratory syncytial virus (r.S.V.)?

Is there  a cure for respiratory syncytial virus (r.S.V.)?

No: There is therapy for rsv, but because of its side-effects and toxicity it is only used on critically ill children, and with mixed results. Rsv has been diagnosed more frequently in adults recently, but there are no curative therapies yet available. ...Read more

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Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Wheezing: Wheezing and severe cough in an infant may be due to rsv. The younger and smaller the infant the more severe the illness will be. Premature babies are at the highest risk and may require hospitalization. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My son has respiratory syncytial virus. What is prognosis?

My son has respiratory syncytial virus. What is prognosis?

Asthma more likely: Depends OB his age. We all get RSV and most of us are showing very little symptoms. In infant patients the clinical presentation is more severe with pneumonia. Also with RSV there is evidence that the likelihood for later asthma development is increased. Generally the acute short term prognosis is good for most patients, worse for those requiring mechanical ventilation. ...Read more

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May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

Yes: RSV may be acquired at any age. It is especially severe in its presentation among patients who are already ill. The elderly population is also vulnerable. To prevent the spread of RSV, good hand washing and wiping off surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes is helpful. PRMG/Pediatrics/CA ...Read more

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What are the tests for respiratory syncytial virus?

RSV: There is a direct, specific stain of respiratory secretions, the virus can be cultured and antibodies detected. ...Read more

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Hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (rsv), what will they do?

Hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (rsv), what will they do?

Supportive care: Symptoms of RSV vary with the kid with age, state of health & immunity. Most will actively shed virus for 3-8 days and the sickest from 4-6 wks. The few hospitalized infants require oxygen and IV fluids for a while along with pulmonary therapy (suction, chest physiotherapy and sometimes nebulized mist ) but seldom stay more than 5 days. ...Read more

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May a child immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

May a child immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

YES: Yes, the RSV shot is not a true vaccine - its really a collection of antibodies to RSV to help neutralize and lesson the effects of future infections. It is not the same thing as the other vaccines your child gets. However, it should reduce the risk of serious complications cause by RSV if your child still gets infected. It is not 100% effective in preventing infection. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more