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.
Cure ? This is a common cold virus. There are preventative injections given to high risk premi's once a month during the RSV season.These are based on weight and run $2000/dose.For those that don't qualify, you get the illness and get through it. Since it doesn't enter the blood, only superficial lung linings, you do not become immune.There is no antibiotic to cure it & other treatments are poor at best.

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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...

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...
Cold virus. Respiratory syncytial virus is the cause of about 70% of URI's during its peak season of Nov-April.It invades and colonizes superficial cells in the nose/airway/lungs producing little or no immune response. People tend to get it every year or two.It is dangerous I smaller infants & may require hospital care.In adults it is mostly minor. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

Yes. Older children and adults do catch RSV infection but do not develop same clinical manifestations frequently seen in infants, e.g., shortness of breath or wheezing. However, RSV infection does exacerbate asthma in individuals who have had recurrent wheezing episodes. Read more...
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. PRMG/Pediatrics/CA . Read more...