How to Recognize the Signs of RSV

November 4, 2022

Recently, cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have been spiking in our communities. The virus is highly contagious and is very common to be diagnosed in younger children. Though RSV typically causes cold-like symptoms for most people, it can develop into more severe infections for infants with weakened immune systems, or older adults with chronic health conditions. So, what exactly is RSV and how is the virus diagnosed? Continue reading to learn more about the virus and plan a trip to AFC Urgent Care Paramus for quality pediatric and family urgent care services.

What are the signs and symptoms of RSV?

As mentioned, RSV causes cold-like symptoms, such as congestion, cough, and fever. However, in children with immune deficiencies, the symptoms of RSV can look more severe and inflammatory– often causing breathing trouble.

The common symptoms of RSV include:

  • Congestion
  • Stuffy / Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Earaches
  • Reduced appetite

Symptoms of severe RSV infections include:

  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe “barking” cough
  • Abnormally fast breathing
  • Bluish color around the mouth, lips, and fingernails
  • Pauses in breathing

How to Prevent RSV

Since RSV is a virus, it is highly contagious. The virus is spread through contaminated droplets that can spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Additionally, the virus can live on surfaces, so it can also spread by touching contaminated objects, like hands, tables, and doorknobs. There is no vaccine to prevent RSV, so the best way to avoid infection is by practicing good hygiene and frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds– especially before and after eating and being in large crowds.

It can be difficult to distinguish RSV on your own, as the symptoms are similar to the common cold. By visiting AFC Urgent Care Paramus, you or your child can receive an accurate diagnosis of your illness via our on-site labs. Knowing whether or not you have RSV goes a long way in preventing others from infection as well.

Visit AFC Urgent Care Paramus for Family Care

If you or your child are experiencing any RSV symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care Paramus today. Our team can diagnose and offer treatment options for mild cases. We can help families develop the most effective treatment plan. AFC Paramus is open seven days a week, with walk-in visits always welcomed and most major insurance carriers accepted. Low-cost treatment is available for self-paying patients. For more information about RSV treatment, or other urgent care services we provide, call us directly at (201) 262-2010.

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