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How Long Is Rsv Contagious
Most ~ 8days: General viral sheading in RSV lasts 3-8 days in most; in some with complications they could shed for 4-6 wks. Droplet isolation(use of mask) & good handwashing will contain the spred in most cases.The germ can live for 1/2 hr on your hands and many hourd on surfaces. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A woman I live with was told that after 24hrs of steroids that her daughter's RSV would no longer be contagious to my son. Is this true?
Not really: RSV is the common cold virus and is responsible for 60+% of respiratory illness in season. Essentially all of those in direct contact with an RSV case are likely carriers, symptomatic or not.Rsv will shed the most for the 1st wk after symptoms start, steroids or not, and less so for an extended period.In season almost half the population can/will be a carrier anyway. ...Read more
Dominant URI virus: Rsv is the dominant respiratory virus in season, here nov-apr.It enters the airways ; injures cells causing an outpouring of mucous.In some smaller babies, the mucous flow blocks oxygen entry ; leads to major problems;in most older kids or adults it doesn't go as deep ; may only cause a runny nose.I've seen asthma sufferers have trouble with it to age 8. U can get it every yr/ minimal immunity dvps. ...Read more
My 9 month old has been diagnosed with rsv. I know it's highly contagious, but can it be caught from one's clothes?
Is RSV contagious from children to adults to children? We will visit grand child 7 months diagnosed with rsv. After a few days we will then visit other grandchildren ages 5, 3, 1 in another household. Will we be contagious? Can we infect the othe
Yes but.....: RSV is the main cause of the human cold during RSV season.It is a germ that generates poor if any immunity if you catch it, and humans are often reinfected every year or two. It can be spread by droplets (in air) or on your hands.If you catch it you can spread it for days and weeks afterward. It is more worrisome to kids below 16 lb than those that are larger.Good hand washing helps reduce spread ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: Typically the symptoms of RSV peak after the first few days before getting better. Usually infants improve somewhere between 5-10 days; however this can vary widely, and it is not uncommon for the cough and wheeze to last several weeks after the initial symptoms began. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is RSV bronchiolitis, and what is the age of a child when the child is no longer susceptible to it?
Varies: Depending upon the type of infection (otitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, etc.), and the immune status of the patient the duration of illness can be highly variable. This is also dependent upon the age, since this is increasingly recognized as a disease of adults as well as children. In symptomatic persons with mild disease a week to 10 days would seem reasonable. ...Read more
A month: In babies RSV can be a long drawn out cold with wheezing and shortness of breath. Start to finish, it is typical for the baby for have a month long illness. In adults, its simply the worst cold you ever had! Adults should be getting better by the 10th to 14th day! Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends-age/status: Rsv related illness develops within 2-8 days of exposure & may result in minor infection localized to the nose & upper airway or cause significant problems in some move if it moves to the lower airway.The process evolves over a week, with most hospitalized infants saying less than 5 days.Those with lower airway problems ( bronchiolitis) often cough & wheeze for weeks after the germ is gone. ...Read more
Several hours: Rsv can survive on hard surfaces such as tables and crib rails for many hours. It also lives on soft surfaces such as tissues and hands for shorter amounts of time. People infected with RSV are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days after the onset of symptoms. Frequent hand washing & meticulous attention to cleaning of surfaces in the room of an RSV infected person can prevent transmission to others. ...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 2 1/2 month old has rsv, has had it 4 7days now. He can barely breath or eat. What can I do and how long will this last?
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Rsv) Infection (Definition)
A virus that causes an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract. Very common. Most children have been infected with the virus by the age of two. ...Read more
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