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What exactly is rsv?

What exactly is rsv?

A virus: Respiratory syncitial virus---this is a common virus that is most prevalent in the spring and fall and usually affect children. It is of more concern with the very small infant or the infant or child with underlying medical problems usually respiratory in nature (asthma). It causes swelling, mucous and constriction of the small airways and can be a real threat to health or can be a major nuiassa. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Definition)

Respiratory syncytial virus is a virus that causes respiratory illness commonly in young children. It infects the lungs and breathing passages, and is highly contagious. While the virus produces the symptoms of a common cold in adults, it is a much more serious and dangerous infection ...Read more


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What exactly is rsv? Is it fatal? What are its causes?

What exactly is rsv? Is it fatal? What are its causes?

Paramyxovirus: This relative of measles can only be transmitted from human to human thru respiratory secretions, often more by droplets on hands than by inhalation. It usually infects children less than 2 yrs. Old, and most develop symptoms. It can produce pneumonia with occasionally severe effects on breathing and require hospitalization. The incubation period is about 5 days from exposure. Rarely fatal. ...Read more

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Whats is rsv?

Whats is rsv?

Virus: It stands for respiratory syncitial virus. It causes cold symptoms and in infants what is called bronchiolitis. ...Read more

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How do I know if rsv?

Simple test: Rsv is the cause of common cold symptoms & in season will account for 70% of symptomatic cases. Its presence can be confirmed by testing the nasal or chest mucous for evidence of the virus, a test widely available in hospitals & some offices. The value of testing is minimal except in dealing with small infants. Some infants under 20 lb can develop significant problems & need hospital care. ...Read more

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How long does RSV last?

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

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How can RSV be transmitted?

Droplets: Primarily, RSV is transmitted through contact with droplets from the eyes, nose, or mouth of an infected person. ...Read more

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How long do RSV symptoms last?

How long do RSV symptoms last?

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 more

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What is and how do you get rsv?

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 more

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What are RSV symptoms in a child?

Similar to bad cold: Rsv usually causes the same symptoms as a bad cold, such as: cough; stuffy or runny nose; a mild sore throat; earache; fever. Babies with RSV may also have no energy; act fussy or cranky; be less hungry than usual. Some children have more serious symptoms, like wheezing and respiratory distress which can lower the level of oxygen in the blood. These symptoms require emergent evaluation! ...Read more

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How long does RSV generally last?

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

Dr. Agustin Rivas
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Rsv (Definition)

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, causes mild cold and flu-like symptoms in adults and older children. In younger infants and children, it can cause more serious "croup-like" symptoms such ...Read more