Have Severe Nasal Congestion? Have Painful, Uncontrollable Coughing?
An upper respiratory infection, also known as a URI, is a contagious infection in the bronchi, larynx, pharynx, throat or nose. The term upper respiratory infections can include the common cold, tracheobronchitis, epiglottitis, pharyngitis or sinusitis. The majority of respiratory infections are viral infections and are contagious. It is important to test young children and adults older than 65 for respiratory syncytial virus or RSV infection.
A viral detection test can determine if you have RSV. This is a serious medical condition that can lead to bronchiolitis or pneumonia if not cared for. You me need to see a doctor for an X-ray or other tests if your condition is severe enough. Most cases of RSV can be diagnosed and treated at home.
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What Are Symptoms of RSV?
Possible signs of an RSV infection include:
- sore or scratchy throat
- runny nose
- nasal congestion
- nasal discharge
- uncontrollable cough
- pain when swallowing
When You Need Medical Help:
It’s especially important to test younger children and adults older than 65 for RSV. If you have the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection for more than a week, or your symptoms become severe, you need to seek professional medical help.
How Is RSV Diagnosed?
The RSV test is simple and painless. We collect a sample with a cotton swab or nasal wash. The sample is sent to a lab to detect the presence of respiratory syncytial virus. It takes a day or two to get the results back.
Most respiratory infections are diagnosed with this simple physical exam. However, the following are additional tests for more serious conditions:
- Chest X-Ray: This test is often used if pneumonia is suspected. Pneumonia is when fluid builds in the lungs.
- Lateral Neck X-Ray: This test may be used if the patient has difficulty breathing. It is also used to eliminate epiglottis.
- CT Scan: This test is often utilized to diagnose sinusitis.
- Oximetry: This test measure the amount of oxygen in your blood.
How to Treat an Upper Respiratory Infection
Treatments for RSV include:
- taking NSAIDs and acetaminophen to reduce pains, aches and fever
- gargling with salt water or using steam inhalation
- using nasal decongestants, which are effective at improving breathing
- taking zinc, vitamin C, expectorants or cough suppressants
You can read more about respiratory syncytial virus at WebMD.
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