(Respiratory Syncytial Virus)
RSV or respiratory syncytial virus causes respiratory illness in children. It infects the lungs and breathing passages like the nose and throat. It is very common in the late fall through spring and while extremely serious on its own, can lead to more serious illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis.
The symptoms include:
- Body malaise or general feeling of being ill
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
RSV is very contagious and can be very dangerous if left untreated. It can be spread when the person infected coughs or sneezes. You can get it if you touch a contaminated objects, since it also lives on surfaces, so it is very important to observe cleanliness and good personal hygiene.
There is no cure for RSV. If you suspect your child has RSV or if any of the following occurs, visit the nearest ModernMD clinic right away:
- Your child is showing symptoms of dehydration
- Your child has difficulty breathing
- Your child’s tongue, lips, or skin is grayish or bluish
- He or she is showing decreased alertness
- Symptoms are not improving even after 7 days
- Your child has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher and he or she is younger than 12 weeks
- He or she has a temperature of 104°F for any age
- He or she is fussy and experiencing chest pains
Testing yourself and your children for RSV is fast and easy, if you suspect RSV, it is best to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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