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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)

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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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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What are the tests for respiratory syncytial virus?

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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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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What is the definition or description of: Respiratory syncytial virus?

RSV: RSV or respiratory syncytial virus is a virus that causes upper respiratory infection in all ages and bronchiolitis in babies and toddlers. It is an especially serious infection in premature infants and infants with congenital heart and lung disease. ...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 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.
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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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Can children immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

Yes: Rsv prophylaxis only protects against pneumonia. With the new drug motavizumab the lokelihood fir upper resp tract infection is lower. Keep in mind that there is no immunity after the prophylaxis. Its an antibody. Not a vaccine. The concentration drops after administration and needs to be repeated. ...Read more

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Can a child be imunized against respiratory syncytial virus and still get it?

Can a child be imunized against respiratory syncytial virus and still get it?

Yes: The use of Palivizumab in high risk infants reduces the risk of an RSV infection but does not prevent it in all cases. Infected infants with this med in their system generally have a very mild illness if they acquire the virus and rarely require hospitalization. ...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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I have RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) am I able to still take oxycodone? My lungs don't bother me anymore, but its still there.

I have RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) am I able to still take oxycodone? My lungs don't bother me anymore, but its still there.

There: There is not a contraindication with oxycodone and RSV as far as I am aware. The question is why are you taking oxycodone? Is it for another condition or was it given for pain in your lungs? You stated in your post "your lungs don't bother [me] anymore, but its still there" I am not sure if you are referring to the medication or the virus. If the medication was given specifically for lung pain and it's resolved now, you do not need to take it anymore, as it can become addictive.
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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 symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Multiple: Rsv has many symptoms and they can vary by age. It is most dangerous for infants, especially less than 6 months of age. Typically there is cough, nasal congestion, wheezing and coarse breath sounds, and fever. For an older child or adult, the symptoms generally mimic that of the common cold. In either case, time and supportive care are the best treatments. ...Read more

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How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

Droplet / debris: Rsv can pass thru inhalation of droplets of infected material from a case, or exposure to infected material on hands or surfaces. It can live for 1/2 hr on hands & hours on surfaces. Touching your face or eyes with tainted hands can expose you. ...Read more

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Do people develop immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Do people develop immunity to respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Improves over time: The rs virus is crafty, attaching to superficial cells in the respiratory tract like a wart on your skin. Since it avoids the blood (like a flu) it doesn't trigger a full response of your immune system. Over multiple infections your body develops greated response and the infection tends to penetrate less deeply into the lungs until it is limited to your nose. Its likely you have a little every yr. ...Read more

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What is the general length of infection from respiratory syncytial virus?

Variable, 1-2 weeks: In adults and older children, RSV is usually mild viral URI with nasal congestion and cough that lasts 1-2 weeks. In infants and young children with chronic medical problems, RSV can cause severe bronchiolitis with wheezing and cough that can require hospitalization and in extreme cases can cause death. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autoimmune encephalomyelitis (ae) in 3m/o infant and can respiratory syncytial virus (rsv) be the cause?

What are the symptoms of autoimmune encephalomyelitis (ae) in 3m/o infant and can respiratory syncytial virus (rsv) be the cause?

Difficult question: Autoimmune means the body sets off an inflammatory reaction against itself. Encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Most cases are of unknown cause. Rsv is a terrible disease that can cause pneumonia but also inflammation of the brain with signs of encephalitis including seizures and encephalopathy with abnormal mri. The answer may then be that RSV could be a cause. ...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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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

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What family of virus does RSV belong to?

What family of virus does RSV belong to?

RSV: Rsv is respiratory syncitial virus.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002531/. ...Read more

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Can you get the RSV virus again after a month?

Yes: You can get RSV more than once because they are many variants that your immune system may not recognize. ...Read more

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My sob had RSV at 3 months and he had to be hospitalized. Can he get that virus again at a later age?

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

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Can an unborn baby contact RSV virus, if the mother catches an RSV infection?

Can an unborn baby contact RSV virus, if the mother catches an RSV infection?

No: Rsv in adults mostly gives you "cold"symptoms.
The highest risk is to young babies and preemies after they are born. ...Read more

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1yo went to ER with temp of 104.1, tested RSV pos with possible chest infiltrate on xrays. Said RSV is virus so no meds help, but gave prednisone. Wat 4?

Prednisolone: Rsv bronchiolitis causes wheezing and " swelling "of the lungs thus Prednisolone was prescribed. Your child may need a broncodilator and antibiotics. Please consult with your pediatrician regarding treatment plans. ...Read more

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My son had RSV as a premature infant, does this mean he's prone to other respitory diseases?

My son had RSV as a premature infant, does this mean he's prone to other respitory diseases?

Maybe: Rsv is known to be associated with future asthma in the infant. It is not well understood whether the RSV causes one to have wheezing in their future or whether they have a genetic predilection to wheezing. Either way those that get RSV as an infant often have asthmatic symptoms later ...Read more

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My 5 yr old has had a respitory virus for 3 weeks I took her to the dr twice for it. Dr said her lungs sound good so didn't prescribe me any cough medicine. ..She coughs really bad in the am as well as the pm. Is there any OTC cough medicine I can get to

My 5 yr old has had a respitory virus for 3 weeks I took her to the dr twice for it. Dr said her lungs sound good so didn't prescribe me any cough medicine. ..She coughs really bad in the am as well as the pm. Is there any OTC cough medicine I can get to

Prolonged coughing: Significant coughing for 3 weeks is unusual for a "viral" illness. Sinus infection, asthma, and tracheobronchitis by mycoplasma infection are partial list of possibilities. I would suggest to get an another opinion instead of trying otc cough medicine. ...Read more

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. Eric Weisman
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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