If you think you have RSV:
Symptoms of RSV usually show up within 4-6 days after being infected and typically resolve within a week or two. Common symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Decrease in appetite
RSV has no specific treatment but antivirals and a vaccine are being developed by researchers. Most RSV infections go away on their own in about a week or two.
Call your healthcare provider if you or your child is having difficulty breathing, not drinking enough fluids, or is experiencing worsening symptoms. Some people with RSV, especially older adults and infants younger than 6 months of age, may need to be hospitalized if they have severe symptoms.
How to help relieve symptoms:
- Use over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to manage fever and pain. Do not give aspirin to children.
- Stay hydrated with fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Contact your healthcare provider before giving children nonprescription cold medicines. Some ingredients in cold medicines can be harmful to children.