What are the last stages of RSV?

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What are the last stages of RSV?

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answered Aug 4, 2023 by AngieSmit (27,190 points)
The last stages of RSV are when you should begin getting better and have an easier time breathing and are no longer weak or coughing as much.

During the last stages of RSV you may have a cold and that can be followed by pneumonia or bronchiolitis.

Symptoms of RSV usually last for 5 to 7 days.

You will test positive for RSV for up to 24 hours after the symptoms of RSV disappear.

Doctors confirm RSV through use of a rapid RSV antigen test that checks a fluid sample taken from your nose for certain proteins from the RSV virus that are called antigens.

The RSV antigens are what triggers the immune system to attack the virus.

Rapid Test does detect and tests for RSV as well as flu and Covid without needing to visit the doctor.

Rapid RSV antigen tests are the most common test for RSV.

They check a fluid sample from your nose for certain proteins from the RSV virus called antigens.

RSV antigens trigger your immune system to attack the virus.

Rapid antigen tests can provide results in an hour or less.

An RSV cough will sound like a wet, forceful wheezing cough.

RSV is a wet cough as it's a very wet virus.

RSV is a mucus cough and causes a miserable cold with thick mucus and also a cough that can last a month.

You can get an RSV infection at any age and more than once although RSV is most common in babies and toddlers and can be really tough on them.

RSV does start with a cough along with other symptoms that can mimic the common cold.

The first signs of RSV are congestion, running nose, fever, cough and sore throat which is similar to mild cold symptoms.

In very young infants the RSV can cause the infant to become irritable, have breathing difficulties and be fatigued.

Most often the symptoms of RSV will go away on their own within a few days.

You should take your child to the hospital with RSV if the child has any dehydration or decrease in wet diapers and has difficult, labored, rapid or shallow breathing or a high fever.

Most babies will recover naturally from RSV without complications.

The virus is common, and while sick babies may get a cough, congestion, and sometimes a fever, they will not need hospital treatment.

However, it is essential to monitor them closely to ensure they can breathe and drink well.

RSV does most often get worse before it gets better which is normal.

Your doctor or pediatrician will closely monitor you or your child and if needed will direct you to an emergency room for further care.

If RSV is left untreated it can lead to more severe infections and health problems such as bronchiolitis which is inflammation of your small airways in your lungs and also pneumonia which is an infection of your lungs.

RSV is the most common cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis in children younger than 1 year of age.

Adults can get RSV from a child and adults can also be infected with RSV even when not around a child.

While RSV is most common in infants and young children it's also possible for adults to have RSV.

The only way to tell if it's RSV or a cold is to see a doctor and get tested for RSV.

The doctor or pediatrician will ask about the symptoms and by doing a physical exam.

During the physical exam the doctor will also do a nasal swab test in order to determine if it's RSV or another virus such as a cold.

Another test that can be done for RSV vs a cold is an X-Ray of the chest or oxygen saturation test which can check for lung congestion.

Symptoms of RSV are usually the same as common cold symptoms: cough, runny nose.

However with RSV the difference is the runny nose is going to be significantly mucusy, copious amounts of mucus.

You can also get some redness of the eyes, coughing, sore, scratchy throat.

Initial signs of RSV are similar to mild cold symptoms, including congestion, runny nose, fever, cough and sore throat.

Very young infants may be irritable, fatigued and have breathing difficulties.

Normally these symptoms will clear up on their own in a few days.

Rapid RSV antigen tests are the most common test for RSV.

They check a fluid sample from your nose for certain proteins from the RSV virus called antigens.

RSV antigens trigger your immune system to attack the virus.

Rapid antigen tests can provide results in an hour or less.

RSV is a common respiratory virus that causes cold-like symptoms in children and adults.

Severe RSV can be unpredictable and is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants.

Adults 65 and over and adults with chronic conditions or weakened immune systems are at high risk for developing severe RSV.

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.

When an adult gets RSV infection, they typically have mild cold-like symptoms, but some may develop a lung infection or pneumonia.

RSV can sometimes also lead to worsening of serious conditions such as: Asthma.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – a chronic disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe.

The hospital will use intravenous (IV) fluids to aid in hydration, and a breathing machine or humidified oxygen to help your body receive the oxygen it needs.

In most cases, hospitalization will only last a few days.

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