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Can You Get Rsv Twice
Droplet spread: RSV or respiratory syncytial virus is contagious viral disease that may infect a person's lungs and breathing passages. Most children will catch RSV by the age of 2 years. RSV spreads rapidly among children. While most will recover in 1 to 2 weeks, even after recovery, infants and children can continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks. Infected person coughs or sneezes into air, by droplets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definitely! There are many strains of RSV and developing immunity to one will not necessarily protect against others. Even receiving synagis (palivizumab) which is pooled antibodies against RSV can't completely eliminate the risk of rsv. Immunity they do have also tends to wane over several months.
The good news is that most RSV infections do not result in hospitalization and act like a simple cold. ...Read more
Hard to do: This is passed by touch/transfer or droplets (inhaled).RSV is the cause of 80% of the common cold during it's high season (Nov-Mar in US). Many adults will have only a brief runny nose when they have it. Good handwashing/sanitizers/avoiding crowds can help. However, if you have family gatherings in season the kids at risk. It is less invasive/problem for kids as they get older. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The "cold": Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) is one of the common cold viruses. It accounts for 80% of the colds & other upper airway problems in season. It is acquired thru contact with the secretions or droplets. It infests the upper airway, injuring nasal & respiratory cells causing drainage. You self heal with minimal immunity & can get it every year. Small babies can have major pbs with the drainage &wheezing. ...Read more
Can adults get an RSV infection? If so, what are the symptoms, how long does it last and how is it treated?
Varies: Consider the germ a transient but repeat invader. In the young it invades deeper into the lung and has more potential for deep symptoms like wheezing and cough. It doesn't enter the blood, but triggers some immune resistance. Older kids get less invasion (some resistance) and have a chest cold, while adults many times just get a runny nose or "cold". People generally ger RSV every few years for life ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My baby just had rsv a week ago when he was two weeks old, my other two children had it still do I have a cold can he get it again? His 1 month now
Yes and no: I don't think your worrying about the other kids passing it back during this cycle as reasonable. Yes we get RSV over and over. Little kids get it about once a yesr with the symptoms lessening as they get older. By mid childhood and later it is just a cold. In fact 80% of colds are dur to that virus (in season). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible but...: RSV most often infects infants and young children and results in clinical syndrome of bronchiolitis or pneumonia. Adults are infected much less often by the same virus, and usually develop a mild respiratory illness mimicking an upper respiratory infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Most likely an adult who had not already had that strain of RSV (which is less likely), would have cold symptoms or flu like symptoms. Most often, only infants and small children have respiratory difficulty but pneumonias are not impossible - but that would be secondary to the other symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My sob had RSV at 3 months and he had to be hospitalized. Can he get that virus again at a later age?
Will recur: Rsv is a bothersome virus that can recur to some degree every season. It infests the surface layer of airways & doesn't enter the blood. That prevents a good immune response from forming. It tends to be a little less intense every cycle, eventually becoming a cold. Your older kid will get it again but it should not be as much trouble. Asthmatics can have significant trouble with this for many years. ...Read more
I babysit a 6m old. She was diagnosed with rsv. How bad is rsv? Will i, my 4y old, or 9y old get it? Symptoms?
Possibly!: If you get the RSV cold from the baby, then you can transmit it to your kids. Luckily, in older children as yours they will probably just get a severe cold that lasts a week and requires only supportive care. The six month old is the one at risk here, babies are more likely to have breathing trouble and may respond to home neb treatments. Wash your hands! Don't touch your face! Good luck! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My daughter had RSV when she was 2 mnths old she is now 5 mnths and is still very raspy been to the drs they said she's fine how can I get rid of it?
My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference
Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace. In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier. A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 6 month old has RSV and when I give him breathing treatments he coughs a lot but can't get it up. What can I do to help him cough it up?
At this age babies are not able to spit out sputum. They typically will swallow their secretions.
If the cough worsens, or if he seems to be having problems breathing, a follow up appt is indicated.
RSV can linger, but mild cases typically resolve within 10 days. ...Read more
Can parents get rsv? My infant has it, am breastfeeding, and I now have worst cold ever. Coincidence or infected too? If so what are my trt options?
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