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RSV Diagnosis & Treatment in Waltham, MA

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) affects many children under two with cold-like symptoms. This highly contagious virus can be contracted by people of all ages; however, it can be more serious for children under two years. In premature infants and babies with immune deficiencies, RSV can develop into a severe case that may require hospitalization.

If you have any concern about you or your child’s risk with RSV, come visit the walk-in clinic at AFC Urgent Care Waltham. Our team of licensed medical providers specialize in pediatric urgent care. The clinic is equipped with 15-min RSV Abbott ID NOW tests, ensuring the virus is accurately diagnosed so we can plan proper treatment together. We welcome patients on a walk-in basis, but if you wish to secure your spot in line, you can book an appointment online.

Symptoms of RSV Treated near Newton, MA

In adults and older children, initial signs of RSV can look identical to cold symptoms. RSV symptoms most commonly appear about four to six days after exposure to the virus. In younger children and infants, the symptoms can be more inflammatory and severe.

The common symptoms of RSV include:

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

On behalf of the CDC, most people who get an RSV infection will have mild illness and recover from their symptoms within a week or two. Some groups of people, including young children and older adults, are more likely to develop severe RSV infection and may need to be hospitalized. Severe infections can include bronchiolitis (an inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia.

Additionally, RSV can make chronic health problems worse. For instance, patients with asthma may experience asthma attacks as a result of RSV infection, and patients with congestive heart failure may experience more severe symptoms triggered by RSV. To best avoid any potential RSV complications, visit the walk-in clinic at AFC Waltham for professional testing and medical care.

Diagnosing RSV Symptoms near Watertown, MA

Mild cases of RSV can pass like a common cold. It’s important to monitor symptoms closely in kids with weakened immune systems, before they escalate to complications. Since the symptoms of RSV are similar to the common cold, it can be difficult to distinguish the virus without a test. For an accurate diagnosis of RSV, visit AFC Urgent Care Waltham. Our center provides molecular point of care 15-min RSV Abbott ID NOW tests. With our labs on-site, these tests can quickly and precisely determine if you or your child have contracted RSV.

Treatment Options Available at AFC Waltham

A proper diagnosis is essential for a quick recovery. For mild cases of RSV, our medical providers will typically recommend hydration and over-the-counter pain or fever reducers. If there’s a bacterial complication, such as bacterial pneumonia or an ear infection, a provider may prescribe antibiotics. If the RSV infection is more severe, our team can help answer any question and refer you to the best specialist for care.

Contact AFC Waltham for RSV Abbott ID NOW Tests

If you or your child is experiencing any RSV symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care Waltham today for high-quality treatment. Our team will be able to diagnose the virus using the RSV Abbott ID NOW tests, and develop the most effective treatment plan for your illness. AFC Waltham 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 (781) 894-6900.

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