The human respiratory syncytial virus is a serious condition that primarily affects children, but it can also occur in teenagers and adults. Also known as human Orth pneumonia virus, it causes lower respiratory infections. Minor illness such as influenza or a cold can lead to this infection in the lungs. There are several reasons to have an RSV test, including if your child is experiencing respiratory distress. If you or a child is exposed to someone else with this condition, then you can request an RSV test. Individuals with other health conditions such as asthma, heart disease or an immunity disorder are more likely to have breathing problems from this virus.
An individual with this respiratory virus may cough or wheeze, and they can develop complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia. The infection can also spread into the ear canals. This virus is spread by direct contact with other individuals who have the condition, but the virus pathogens can also survive on surfaces such as desks, countertops and bathroom fixtures. This viral infection is common in schools or other places where children gather.
If you suspect that you have this respiratory ailment, then you can visit an urgent care clinic for an examination that includes listening to the lungs. It is possible to undergo testing for RSV in only a few minutes because a physician can collect a sample of the mucus from the nose to check for the virus pathogens with a microscope. A phlebotomist can also collect a sample of blood to look for white blood cells that indicate that your body is fighting against an infection. When a patient is having problems breathing, a physician can request an X-ray of the lungs to determine if there is any additional infection from pneumonia or bronchitis.
Antibiotics are not recommended for this condition because it is caused by a virus rather than from bacteria. This condition leads to having an excessive amount of mucus in the nose and nasal passages, so you can use a humidifier or a vaporizer to add moisture to the air. When you blow your nose, do it gently to avoid pushing the infectious mucus into the inner ear canals. Parents can use a plastic bulb syringe to remove mucus from an infant’s nostrils.
If you or your child are suffering from RSV then it is important to get medical attention. Come into WellCare Urgent Care in Grand Rapids to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Appointments can be booked through our online system at both our Cascade and Leonard offices.