What Is the Treatment for RSV?

Q:
What is the treatment for RSV?

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

Treatment for RSV is various depends on the severity of infections. In general, the treatment for RSV includes self-care and hospital care.

Self-care

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Use nasal saline drops to clear a stuffy nose.
  • Take antibiotics to treat a bacterial complication.
  • Keep the air moist to breathe better.
  • Take over-the-counter medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), to reduce fever.

Hospital care

  • Humidified oxygen.
  • Intravenous (IV) fluids.
  • Mechanical ventilation (breathing machine).
  • Use ribavirin (Virazole). (only for people with very weakened immune systems)

You should talk to your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

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