What Are the Symptoms of RSV?

Q:
What are the symptoms of RSV?

A:
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that causes infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. It is  contagious and spreads quickly. SRV is very common in children, but it also infects adults.

In most cases, the RSV infection is not serious, it is nothing more than a cold. However, for premature babies, infants and adults with heart and lung disease or a weak immune system, or older adults, the RSV may lead to severe infections.

The common symptoms of RSV include:

  • Stuffy or runny nose.
  • Dry cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Mild headache.
  • Low-grade fever.

In severe cases, the symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Wheezing.
  • Severe cough.
  • Bluish color of the skin.
  • Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing.

The symptoms of severe infections in infants:

  • Irritability.
  • Poor feeding.
  • Unusual tiredness.
  • Short, shallow and rapid breathing.

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