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RSV - Respiratory Syncytial Virus


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According to the CDC, “Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms.” Since 2020, many patients have been heading to Preferred Urgent Care in Katy, TX, when they think they may have Covid and RSV. Many people ask our staff, “Is RSV a coronavirus?” Healthcare professionals need to let patients know these are two different diseases that do not correlate. RSV causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages. Here’s everything you need to know about this virus.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – Symptoms and Causes

We encourage each patient to be aware of symptoms of RSV in newborns, RSV symptoms in toddlers, and symptoms of RSV in adults. Signs of RSV may start to show four to six days after you’ve been exposed to the virus. RSV incubation period may vary depending on the patient’s age.

Some of the most common signs we see at Preferred Urgent Care for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections are:

  • Congested or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Low-grade fever
  • Headache

If you’re concerned about RSV during pregnancy or RSV in adults with asthma, please contact your primary care provider.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Transmission

It’s crucial to be aware of the respiratory syncytial virus precautions to keep you and your family safe. If you or someone you love is sick, you may be wondering, “how long are you contagious with RSV?” People who are infected with RSV sickness are usually contagious for three to eight days.

The RSV contagious period is different for infants and children, usually lasting as long as four weeks. It’s best to stay isolated during this time. If you’re wondering how long does RSV last, much like other respiratory viruses, the healthier you are, the quicker it will be gone.

Urgent Care RSV Test

At Preferred Urgent Care in Katy, TX, we want our patients to have access to RSV diagnostics and the RSV vaccine if needed. If you’ve been searching online for “RSV testing near me,” our team of friendly and caring medical professionals is here to help.

We offer several different types of RSV testing:

  • Swab test. A health care provider will use a special swab to take a sample from the nose or throat.
  • A blood test. During the blood test, our health care professional will use a small needle to take a blood sample from a vein in the arm.
  • Nasal aspirate. A health care provider will inject a saline solution into the nose and then remove the sample with gentle suction.
  • Antibiotics: RSV treatment for toddlers usually involves antibiotics to help kick the virus to the curb.
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