What are the differences between the RSV virus and the common cold?

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Symptoms of RSV infection are very similar to the common cold, but if you have RSV and don’t get treatment quickly, There may be severe symptoms. Especially with young children

The RSV virus is more common in young children than in adults. If you do not observe the symptoms carefully Parents may think it’s the common cold. and may not have given the child proper treatment. Until causing more severe symptoms Therefore, it is important to recognize the symptoms and differences between RSV infection and the common cold.

What are the differences between the RSV virus and the common cold?

What is RSV?

RSV is a respiratory infection caused by the RSV virus (Respiratory Syncytial Virus: RSV). It is a type of virus that is commonly found during the rainy season. Can enter the body through the eyes, nose, mouth and from inhaling germs in the air in the โปรโมชั่น ufabet form of droplets from coughing. Patient’s sneezing Most patients will show symptoms 4-6 days after being exposed to the virus, and when they are sick they can spread the infection for 3-8 days.

Groups at risk for RSV infection

Those at risk for RSV are often young children. Asthma patients Patients who are taking immune-suppressing drugs Including the elderly

Symptoms of RSV infection and the common cold How are they different?

Dr. Nopporn Apiwattanakul, Department of Pediatrics Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital Mahidol University states that the symptoms of patients infected with RSV are quite similar to the symptoms of the common cold, such as fever, body temperature, coughing, sneezing. But for patients infected with RSV, there will be additional symptoms that can be observed as follows.

  1. green
  2. Coughing harder than usual
  3. Panting
  4. Breathing quickly or breathing hard until your chest dimples.
  5. Have a lot of mucus
  6. The child appears depressed, eats less, or is in an unusually bad mood.

Therefore, if a child is found to have these symptoms You should take your child to the doctor. to undergo a detailed examination and treatment To prevent complications that may have a chance of being infected with bacteria that may result in death.

How to prevent RSV infection

Initially, RSV infection can be prevented like protection from the common cold. But things that should be given special importance include:

  1. Wash your hands often, both children, parents, and caregivers, and teach children to wash their hands properly.
  2. Avoid taking children to crowded places. or where there are a large number of children gathered together
  3. If your child has flu-like symptoms You should refrain from taking children out of the house. To reduce the spread of the virus
  4. Teach children to wear masks (at an age that can be worn) every time you have flu-like symptoms, coughing, sneezing
  5. If more than one child lives together, such as siblings, they should be separated so that both are not infected.
  6. Clean the home, objects, furniture, toys, and children’s personal items frequently.
  7. Drink lots of water
  8. Get enough rest.