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Is there anyway to tell whether a person (not a baby) has RSV or just a cold?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

..But only by lab tests for sure.
It is possible to be very suspicious however.

In brief: Yes

..But only by lab tests for sure.
It is possible to be very suspicious however.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: RSV in adults

A laboratory test is the only way to confirm infection in an "adult.
" symtoms of RSV in adults are similar to those of common cold other viruses/germs with runny nose, cough/congestion, fever, body aches, sore throat. Symptoms are usually less severe than when infants/children are infected.

In brief: RSV in adults

A laboratory test is the only way to confirm infection in an "adult.
" symtoms of RSV in adults are similar to those of common cold other viruses/germs with runny nose, cough/congestion, fever, body aches, sore throat. Symptoms are usually less severe than when infants/children are infected.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Same thing

During RSV season Nov-March +/- 80% of colds will be RSV with the rest a handful of other viruses.
Lab tests on nasal secretions can confirm it, but is usually a waste of time and expense.

In brief: Same thing

During RSV season Nov-March +/- 80% of colds will be RSV with the rest a handful of other viruses.
Lab tests on nasal secretions can confirm it, but is usually a waste of time and expense.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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