Respiratory syncytial virus infection

  • Viral infection affecting the lungs
  • Symptoms may include cough, fever and nasal discharge
  • Spread by breathing infected droplets from the air or by direct contact with infected person or objects
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but most common in infants
  • May be mild to severe
  • May be life threatening

Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke

 

FOR COUGH

  • Increase fluids (especially water)
  • Suck on cough drops or hard sweets (candy)
  • Use a cool air humidifier in room
  • Avoid lung irritants such as smoke, household cleaners or allergens
  • Over-the-counter cough medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Guaifenesin
    • Dextromethorphan

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR NASAL CONGESTION

  • Increase fluid intake
  • Breathe moist steam from a hot shower or bowl of water
  • Apply hot packs or compresses to face
  • Clear your nasal passages with an approved nasal device
  • Elevate your head while sleeping
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage)
    • Decongestants
    • Saline nasal sprays

 

FOR SORE THROAT

  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Use a humidifier
  • Use saltwater, gargle several times a day (½ – 1 teaspoon of salt to 250 ml/1 glass of warm water)
  • Suck on throat lozenges, hard candy, or popsicles
  • Over-the-counter pain medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage)
    • Acetaminophen

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