What's Going Around 12-21

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

There's no surprises in this weeks What's Going Around Report, we probably can ask you. It's cold and flu season, and while we're not seeing flu yet, a lot of us are dealing with colds.

Dr. Steve Mumbauer at Valley Pediatric Group says that's what they're seeing a lot of. They're also seeing kids with flare-ups of asthma and ear infections. Dr. Mumbauer says it's typical winter time stuff.

However they did see their first documented case of RSV. That stands for respiratory syncytial virus. The CDC describes it as a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Most healthy people recover from RSV in 1 or 2 weeks. However, infection can be severe in some people, specifically certain infants, young children, and older adults.

Symptoms begin with a runny nose and a decrease in appetite. Coughing, sneezing, and fever typically develop 1 to 3 days later. Wheezing may also occur.
In very young infants, irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties may be the only symptoms of infection.

There is no specific treatment for RSV infection but if you or someone you care for has these symptoms there's no need to panic. Most otherwise healthy infants infected with RSV do not require hospitalization. In a few cases it can be dangerous so if you're concerned call your doctor.

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