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What is the treatment for respiratory syncytial virus infection?

What is the treatment for respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Supportive: Supportive care means close monitoring of the infant for any signs of breathing problems or shortness of breath (rapid breathing more than 60 times a minute, labored breathing etc.). The doctor may decide to hospitalize the infant and administer oxygen. Other treatments may include nasal suction and nebulized albuterol. Inhaled steroids and antibiotics are not effective. ...Read more

Dr. Agustin Rivas
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Rsv (Definition)

Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is a virus that causes bronchiolitis (infection of lower airways) in infants and toddlers. It is particularly serious in premature infants and infants with respiratory and heart disease. In older children and adults, ...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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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

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What is the treatment for respiratory syncytial virus?

What is the treatment for respiratory syncytial virus?

Supportive: Supportive care means close monitoring of the infant for any signs of breathing problems or shortness of breath (rapid breathing more than 60 times a minute, labored breathing etc.). The doctor may decide to hospitalize the infant and administer oxygen. Other treatments may include nasal suction and nebulized albuterol. Inhaled steroids and antibiotics are not effective. ...Read more

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Treatment options for norwalk virus infections? Thanks!

Treatment options for norwalk virus infections? Thanks!

Fluids: The goal of treatment is to prevent dehydration by making sure to replace the fluids and electrolytes lost through diarrhea or vomiting. .Older children and adults can drink sports beverages such as gatorade, but these should not be used for children. Instead, use the electrolyte and fluid replacement solutions or freezer pops available in food and drug stores. Antiemetics may be used as well. ...Read more

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What are the tests for respiratory syncytial virus infection?

What are the tests for respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Nasal mucous: Nasal mucous can be submitted to the lab for identification of the RSV antigen (protein) through immunoflorescent or enzyme immunoassay. These are available in kit form to hospitals & some offices.The test is seldom preformed unless the patient is hospitalized.The test itself does not predict the severity of illness but knowing test results simplifies supportive care as RSV is somewhat predictabl. ...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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Which treatments for CMV infection are most effective?

Which treatments for CMV infection are most effective?

Usually none needed: Usually no treatment is needed for CMV infection. CMV becomes a problem in people with immune deficiency and it is the immune disorder that needs priority attention. ...Read more

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Are there new treatments for viral gastroenteritis in adults?

Are there new treatments for viral gastroenteritis in adults?

Agree w Dr. Raff: Hydrate. Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. No fancy new treatments. ...Read more

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What treatments are available for coxsakie virus in adults?

What treatments are available for coxsakie virus in adults?

None: With the exception of supportive symptomatic treatment there are no antivirals which would be effective against coxsackie virus infections at this time. ...Read more

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Which preventive treatment for flu recommnded for children.The flu vaccine ir giving broncho-vaxom caosules?Thanks a lot

Which preventive treatment for flu recommnded for children.The flu vaccine ir giving broncho-vaxom caosules?Thanks a lot

Influenza vaccine: Broncho-vaxom is a conglomeration of bacteria said to less the severity or frequency of bronchitis or sinusitis in adults and the efficacy is not well established. Everybody should get the influenza vaccine. It is not only highly effective in reducing the risk of influenza, but may modify the severity if you get influenza. This infection can be deadly. Get the vaccine. ...Read more

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What initial lab tests are required by immunologist for a weak immune system (recurring respiratory problems like pneumonia, acute bronchitis, cough)?

What initial lab tests are required by immunologist for a weak immune system (recurring respiratory problems like pneumonia, acute bronchitis, cough)?

Initial evaluation: When assessing the immune system function, the most helpful tests are a CBC (complete blood count with differential), serum immunoglobulin levels (igg, igm, iga, ige), ch50-complement test and specific antibody titer to tetanus and pneumococcus. This will pick up more than 90% of immune problems. ...Read more

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What are some herbal remedies for the treatment of acute respiratory tract infection?

What are some herbal remedies for the treatment of acute respiratory tract infection?

Several: In the first 24-48 hours, try zinc and/or echinacea. Buckwheat honey helps with cough. Vitamin c does not seem to prevent a cold, but may help it go away faster once you have it. ...Read more

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Are there natural treatments for viral dysentery?

Are there natural treatments for viral dysentery?

Define "dysentery": "dysentery" is a non-specific term that means there is something wrong with your gut to cause diarrhea. More specifically, the term can be applied to: viral or bacterial gastroenteritis, radiation exposure, eosinophilic disease, tuberculosis involvement, autoimmune problems as with systemic lupus, crohn's disease. Get a clear diagnosis from your doctor before delaying appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What treatments available for human papilloma virus?

What  treatments available for human papilloma virus?

Prevention: Even tho it clears spontaneously, ..Immunization may prevent the potentially life threatening cancers, which occur even after the infection is cleared. ...Read more

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Are any treatments helpful for hantavirus infection?

Hantavirus: There are no known antiviral medications effective against this virus, but natural recovery from the virus is possible with supportive treatment. ...Read more

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Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: Adefovir does have HBV activity. I had poor experiences in using it as a HIV drug but the dose was higher for HIV so there was more toxicity ...Read more

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What is respiratory syncytial virus?

What is respiratory syncytial virus?

RSV: Rsv is a virus that can infect a person's lungs. Most people have been exposed and infected by age 2. You can be infected more than once. Recovery takes a week or two. Rsv can rarely lead to severe illness requiring hospitalization, especially in infants. ...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. Ihab Ibrahim
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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