Posted by Vanessa
on February 13, 2000 at 10:26:04:
In Reply to: Re: RSV posted by TAMARA on January 10, 2000 at 22:51:19:
: : Can anyone tell me exactly what 'RSV' is.....I understand it is a respiratory condition in younger children.......Thanks for your help.....Katrina
: I AM A RESPIRATORY STUDENT GRADUATING IN MAY. FROM WHAT I HAVE LEARNED, RESPIRATORY SYNCITIAL VIRUS IS RELATED TO THE VIRUSES SUCH AS PARAINFLUENZA, MUMPS AND RUBELLA. IT IS VERY COMMON IN SMALL CHILDREN, PRESENTING AS A COUGH, POSSIBLE FEVER AND MALAISE. OFTEN NOT DETECTED RIGHT AWAY AND MAY LEAD TO BACTERIAL INFECTIONS, BUT USUALLY NOT FATAL. IT IS SPREAD BY CONTACT OR AEROSOL TRANSMISSION, AND PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS ARE OFTEN KEPT IN ISOLATION. USUALLY ONLY SYMPTOMS ARE TREATED, BUT SEVERE CASES TRATED WITH INHALED DRY POWDER ANTIVIRAL MEDICATION, CALLED RIBIVIRIN. IT IS MORE PREVALENT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND IN SPRING. THAT IS ALL I CAN THINK OF OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, BUT FOR MORE INFO TRY THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION WEBSITE-THAT MAY ALSO LEAD YOU TO OTHER GOOD SITES AS WELL. IF I CAN BE OF ANY OTHER HELP, PLEASE CONTACT ME. :) TAMARA
Hi My son got RSV when he was only 6 weeks old. It's a virus that attacks the lining of the lungs. This causes the child to have breathing difficulties such as wheezing and coughing. If it gets severe enough the child will be hospitalized and monitored, given oxygen and and I.V. to prevent dehydration, and inhalation treatments of albuterol, which is a bronchodialator. The virus usually runs its course in 2 weeks. But the wheezing and coughing can last longer. They say 30% of children that get RSV can have chronic asthma as a result of the virus. It's not a fun virus for really young children. But most of the time when a child does get the virus it just presents as a cold. So I hope some of this information was helpful.