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RSV Infection

Alternate Names : Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection

RSV Infection | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the infection?

The most common symptoms of RSV are those of the common cold:

  • runny nose
  • mild fever
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • These are often the only symptoms in healthy adults and children older than 1 year.

    More severe symptoms can occur in the very young, the very old, people with chronic disease, and individuals with weak immune systems. These include:

  • difficulty breathing. In infants, this can often be recognized by fast breathing or wheezing, which is an abnormal sound made while breathing out. Abnormal chest movements during breathing or labored breathing are other clues. In serious cases, an infant may stop breathing, which is known as apnea.
  • severe coughing
  • irritability
  • poor feeding
  • vomiting
  • redness of the eyes due to inflammation known as conjunctivitis
  • ear pain. An infant may be fussy or tug or pull on his or her ear to show ear pain.
  • cyanosis, a bluish tint to the skin, which occurs only in very severe cases

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    RSV Infection: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    RSV Infection: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/06/01

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