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How long do RSV symptoms last?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: 1-2 weeks usually

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

In brief: 1-2 weeks usually

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
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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