Can You Get RSV More Than Once?

November 17, 2022

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common respiratory infection that usually causes mild cold-like symptoms. As of recent news, cases of RSV have been rapidly rising nationwide, affecting children and adults alike. Although most infections are not severe and typically pass on their own within a week or two, some cases are more severe for those with weakened immune systems, and can even lead to complications that require hospitalization. 

Re-infection of RSV is very much possible, and many children will be diagnosed with the illness once or twice by age two. If you have any suspicion that you or your child have been infected with the virus, visit AFC Urgent Care Lakewood for RSV testing and treatment options on a walk-in basis.

What is RSV and what are the symptoms?

RSV is a viral infection, which means it’s highly contagious. Adults can get RSV from children, and children can get RSV from adults. The virus spreads through droplets in the air via coughing and sneezing, as well as close contact with another infected person. As mentioned, most cases of RSV will be accompanied by symptoms similar to the common cold. You can get RSV more than once. Re-infection is a common occurrence as there is no vaccine available to fully prevent the infection. 

Common RSV symptoms include:

  • Congestion
  • Stuffy / Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Earaches
  • Reduced appetite

If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, plan a visit to AFC Lakewood for treatment options. Since RSV is a virus, antibiotics cannot be prescribed to directly treat the infection. However, our medical providers can examine and monitor symptoms and help families understand which over-the-counter medications to take to find symptom relief.

How is RSV Diagnosed?

The virus is so similar to a common cold, that many people that are infected may not even realize it if they’re not properly diagnosed. The virus can be diagnosed in a variety of ways, but it's most commonly tested through a nasal swab. After you understand the root cause of your illness, you'll be able to better understand how to treat your illness. 

RSV Prevention Measures

There are a few steps you and your family can take to best prevent getting RSV, including:

  • Avoid those with cold symptoms
  • Practice good hygiene and frequent hand washing
  • Disinfect toys and other household surfaces, like doorknobs 
  • Don’t smoke in the home
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth
  • Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing

Remember to always prioritize your family’s health when it comes to any illness this fall and winter. Take advantage of the healthcare services available at AFC Lakewood whenever you have concern about your health or the health of your children. Our medical providers are experienced in monitoring RSV symptoms and determining if there are other complications or infections present. 

Contact AFC Urgent Care Lakewood for RSV Testing

This fall and winter, visit AFC Lakewood for your family’s urgent care needs. RSV may be common and may typically pass on its own, but it's important to get a proper diagnosis and professional medical attention. AFC Lakewood is open seven days a week, and walk-in visits are always welcomed. We accept most major insurance carriers and offer low-cost treatment for self-paying patients. For more information about RSV treatment, or other urgent care services we provide, please call us directly at (303) 988-3600.

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