What is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?

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RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It is a type of cold virus that is easy to catch and infects most babies under the age of 2 years. Antibiotics will not help RSV because antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. RSV virus is most common in the fall, winter and spring. .

RSV in older children and adults causes a cold. It can cause a more severe illness in babies less than 2 years of age. RSV usually begins with cold-like symptoms. It can then progress to wheezing, fast breathing, coughing and fever.

Mild cases can be treated at home. Sometimes your baby may need to stay in the hospital. Your baby’s pediatrician will talk with you about specific care for your baby.

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Viral Lung Infections

Viral Lung Infections

Viral lung infections include acute bronchitis, viral pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). These viral lung infections usually begin as a respiratory virus that spreads to the lungs. Chest pain, chronic ...

coughing, fever and fatigue are common with bronchitis. This infection cannot be treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonia presents with a host of symptoms including coughing, fatigue, fever, aches and pains, and GI symptoms. While antibiotics are not indicated for pneumonia, some antiviral medications can help. Infants can develop both bronchiolitis and RSV at a young age, causing coughing and wheezing.
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