Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a virus that causes infection of upper respiratory tracts and lungs.
It is very common and affects most children before reaching the age of two. In adults and adults it causes mild colds and no special treatment is required.
RSV infection may be serious in some cases, especially in preterm infants, infants with back diseases or adults with respiratory or heart disease.
Symptoms of Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Symptoms of Respiratory Syncytial Virus appear approximately 4-6 days after exposure to the virus.
Adult Injury Symptoms
In adults and adult children these symptoms are similar to mild cold symptoms, including:
- Nasal congestion and cold (Catarrh)
- dry cough
- A slight rise in body temperature
- Pain in the throat
- And a general feeling of illness, accompanied by weakness and restlessness.
In serious cases, the RSV virus may contaminate the lower respiratory tracts and cause pneumonia or bronchiolitis.
Symptoms of child injury
Babies are particularly affected by RSV. The great effort they exert to breathe during the disease can be seen – the intra-rib skin enters the abdomen (the suction), breathing becomes rapid, superficial and accompanied by cough.
For older infants, we do not notice respiratory symptoms, but there is difficulty in feeding them, and they are indifferent and nervous. In most cases, the cure is automatic in one to two weeks.
How the infection of Respiratory Syncytial Virus passed from person
It is easily transmitted when the virus-contaminated secretions, such as mucus or saliva, pass through inhalation or direct contact, for example when handshake is done.
The virus can survive and survive for several hours on surfaces or objects. When contact with the contaminated object and after touching the eyes or mouth, infection can occur.
In the early days after the onset of the disease, the person at the stage is most likely to transmit the infection to others, but is also able to transmit it after several weeks.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus treatment
Antibiotics are not useful in this case, because pollution is a viral infection and not a bacterium.
Antibiotics used only when localized bacterial contamination caused by RSV.
The recommended drug treatment is hypothermia and over-the-counter pain medications, such as Paracetamole or ibuprofen.
In severe cases requiring hospital stay, the patient is given respiratory support through inhalation of steam, and even artificial respiration through a special device.
Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus
- Hand washing at a high rate: This emphasized, especially before touching babies at home. In addition to teaching other children at home the importance of hand washing.
- Refrain from exposure to the virus: Do not expose infants under the age of two months or preterm infants to anyone with high body temperature or cold.
- Attention to hygiene: Emphasize hygiene at home, especially utensils, kitchen, bathroom and toilet. When a child is cold. Care should take to throw the used paper tissues immediately in the trash.
in addition to,
- Not sharing a drink or cup with others: paying attention to the fact that everyone in the family has his own Cuba, which he drinks only.
- Refrain from smoking: Cigarette smoke increases the risk of infection, even exposure to a more serious disease. Therefore, smoking prohibited close to infants.
- Cleaning Games: Pay attention and stress on cleaning games as part of your daily routine.