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RSV Season is Here - Tips on How to Avoid and Prevent this Respiratory Disease|
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2013) – Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a viral infection of the lungs and breathing passages that typically peaks in the winter and begins to decline in early spring. According to St. Joseph's Children’s Hospital Pediatric Pulmonologist David Rosenberg, M.D., RSV is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children younger than 1, and virtually all children contract it by the age of 3.
“In most cases, RSV causes mild, cold-like symptoms, such as nasal stuffiness, cough, wheeze and sometimes an ear infection,” said Dr. Rosenberg. “But in premature babies and children with compromised immune systems, RSV can develop into serious respiratory conditions like pneumonia and bronchiolitis.”
In more serious cases, medication may be prescribed to help your child breathe more easily or hospitalization may be required. If your baby is at high risk for developing RSV, such as being premature or having a heart or lung disease, the physician may recommend a medication that can be injected monthly to help prevent it.
“Just like it’s hard to keep from catching a cold, it can be very hard to keep from catching RSV,” said Dr. Rosenberg. To prevent the spread of RSV, Dr. Rosenberg recommends the following:
Editor’s Note: RSV is most common during the winter months, and Dr. Rosenberg is available for interviews as the season gets underway. Contact Amy Gall at (813) 870-4731 to schedule an interview.