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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.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Can babies come down with the RSV infection repeatedly?

Can babies come down with the RSV infection repeatedly?

No: Rsv, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common winter virus, roughly from november through march. Like many other viruses it is possible to become infected more than once. Keep in mind there are other viruses that may cause similar symptoms and may be diagnosed as "bronchiolitis" as well. ...Read more

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Can adults get an RSV infection? If so, what are the symptoms, how long does it last and how is it treated?

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 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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13 m/o daughter unwell 10 weeks repeat infections. LDH 460, ALT 60, AST 88. RSV and adenovirus confirmed. CXR/AXR neg. Concerned with LDH and LFT?

13 m/o daughter unwell 10 weeks repeat infections. LDH 460, ALT 60, AST 88. RSV and adenovirus confirmed. CXR/AXR neg. Concerned with LDH and LFT?

Concern: It is a concern but may be a lingering viral effect. Have her reviewed by an infectious disease specialist and have close follow up care. If she is in daycare, keep her home until she recovers. All the best. ...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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Took 7 month old to dr said she still has ear infection and now said she has rsv. She is screaming and thrashing like she is in pain. What do I do.

Ear Pain in Infants: I would see an ENT specialist asap. Otitis media can become serious even if started by a virus. Antibiotics are often necessary even if the initial cause was rsv. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my 13 month old went to the ER christmas night for RSV and double ear infection?

Should I be concerned if my 13 month old went to the ER christmas night for RSV and double ear infection?

Common issue: In season, RSV causes 70%+ of the upper airway infections in kids and is often complicated by an ear infection. Kids that age and size are seldom hospitalized with rsv. To me, this is the expected pattern in winter for many. ...Read more

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Good day, My son is 3 years and sick. He had RSV before throat infection and post nasal drip. Currently I suspect the post nasal and throat infection again. He he coughing during the day but not to much. Problem also worsen at night when he sleep?

Good day, My son is 3 years and sick. He had RSV before throat infection and post nasal drip. Currently I suspect the post nasal and throat infection again. He he coughing during the day but not to much. Problem also worsen at night when he sleep?

Rhinosinusitis: Will cause postnasal drip throat irritation and worse at night. However would also need to think about the possibility of asthma which could also cause a recurring cough worse at night. Outside chance too of reflux as a cause. Best to get a doctor examination here to sort through these possibilities as if remains unclear will be able to order tests/refer to specialists ...Read more

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For a 10 month old male baby who has had either flu, rsv, or multiple ear infections since march 1 at what time would tubes be considered?

For a 10 month old male baby who has had either flu, rsv, or multiple ear infections since march 1 at what time would tubes be considered?

Tubes: Tubes can be a good temporary measure in infants that have persistent or repeated infection. Head growth should eventually end the fluid retention that ends up being infected. I recommend them for a single infection that won't clear over 90 days in spite of meds, and the kid who has 5 or more separate, resolving infections spread over 12mo. The ent's make the final call after their evaluation. ...Read more

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3yrs boy gets dry cough every month for 10 days, then 39C fever, phlegm, then chesty cough. Flu panel neg on all occasions, RSV pos only once. Allergy panel neg. Chest x-ray clear. Lungs always clear. What reasons for 12 upp respi infections a year?

3yrs boy gets dry cough every month for 10 days, then 39C fever, phlegm, then chesty cough. Flu panel neg on all occasions, RSV pos only once. Allergy panel neg. Chest x-ray clear. Lungs always clear. What reasons for 12 upp respi infections a year?

3 yo w/ URTIs: In a 3 yo with recurrent infections would consider allergies, asthma, mycoplasma infection, reflux, sinusitis (due to environmental /food allergies often milk) immune disorder- a variant of primary immune deficiency, cystic fibrosis (usually though would have abnormal CXR), f/u/ w/ allergist ...Read more

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3yrs boy gets dry cough every month for 10 days, then 39C fever, phlegm, then chesty cough. Flu panel neg on all occasions, RSV pos only once. Allergy panel neg. Chest x-ray clear. Lungs always clear. What reasons for 12 upp respi infections a year?

3yrs boy gets dry cough every month for 10 days, then 39C fever, phlegm, then chesty cough. Flu panel neg on all occasions, RSV pos only once. Allergy panel neg. Chest x-ray clear. Lungs always clear. What reasons for 12 upp respi infections a year?

Many possibilities: Your child should have a test for cystic fibrosis. If that is negative, then I recommend he be tested for an immune deficit with quantitative immunoglobulins and IgG subsets as well as IgE level. Has he had a test for tuberculosis? Is he exposed to anyone who smokes? Is he exposed to interior fumes of any type? Consider scheduling a visit with one of our providers for an in depth assessment. ...Read more

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3 months old baby has been having wet stools, at first with a cold and now with RSV / ear infection. Stools look mucousy as if she's swallowed phlegm. Today she had 2 BMs at daycare, 1 at home, and passed gas that stained her diaper. She's feeding great b

3 months old baby has been having wet stools, at first with a cold and now with RSV / ear infection. Stools look mucousy as if she's swallowed phlegm. Today she had 2 BMs at daycare, 1 at home, and passed gas that stained her diaper. She's feeding great b

3 month caution: 3 months is an age where infections and dehydration may be serious, so a visit to the MD may be in order. On the upside, a few mucous stools while still feeding well is typically nothing to worry about. Kids who eat well are very rarely if ever seriously ill. ...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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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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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

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 more

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Can you tell me about RSV relating to croup in children?

Can you tell me about RSV relating to croup in children?

Rsv: It is a major cause of bronchiolitis which later on leads to breathing problems after that including asthma ...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


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