When a person with RSV is otherwise healthy, symptoms
usually get better in a week or two.
RSV can be serious when the
symptoms are very bad or when it leads to other problems, like pneumonia.
Certain people are more likely to have problems with RSV:
Babies younger than 6 months, especially those born early (prematurely)
immune system problems
People with heart or lung problems
Adults older than 65
These people sometimes need treatment in a hospital. So
it's important to watch the symptoms and call your doctor if they get
It's very hard to
keep from catching RSV, just like it's hard to keep from catching a cold. But
you can lower the chances by practicing good health habits. Wash your hands
often, and teach your child to do the same. See that your child gets all the
vaccines your doctor recommends.
Medicines to prevent RSV may be given to babies and children who are more
likely to have problems with the infection. Sometimes these medicines don't
prevent RSV, but they may keep symptoms from getting serious.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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