RSV Test Information

RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)

RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms.  Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.  RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.

Symptoms of RSV:

  • Runny Nose
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Wheezing

Since many RSV symptoms are the same as COVID symptoms, it may be important to be tested for both conditions.   It is important to speak with your health care provider if you or your child is having difficulty breathing, not drinking enough fluids, or experiencing worsening symptoms.



Most RSV infections go away on their own in a week or two.

There is no specific treatment for RSV infection other than supportive care.  Severe symptoms may require hospitalization with oxygen and possibly intubation.

Steps to relieve symptoms in non-hospitalized patients:

  • Manage fever and pain with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Drink Enough Fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider before giving your child nonprescription cold medicines.  Some medicines contain ingredients that may not be good for your child.


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