Alternate Names : Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection
What are the signs and symptoms of the infection?
The most common symptoms of RSV are those of the common cold:
These are often the only symptoms in healthy adults and children older than 1
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.
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