Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.

Symptoms

People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected.
Symptoms of RSV infection usually include:
  • Runny Nose
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Wheezing

Care

Most RSV infections go away on their own in a week of two.
Take steps to relieve symptoms:
  • Manage fever and pain
  • Drink enough fluids
  • Talk to your healthcare provider before giving your child nonprescription medicines. Some medicine contain ingredients that are not good for children.