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Bronchiolitis and RSV are in Dallas

 

bronchiolitisBronchiolitis is an infection that affects the small breathing tubes in the lungs, the bronchioles. It can be caused by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), influenza, parainfluenza virus or adeno virus. The infection causes inflammation and swelling of the bronchioles.

 

Most children with RSV or bronchiolitis experience mild symptoms, similar to a cold (runny nose and cough). Some children experience fever, severe cough, and difficulty breathing or wheezing.

 

To test for RSV, we will swab your child's nose. The test takes 15 minutes in the office. If your child is having difficulty breathing, we may do a breathing treatment to help open up the airways. The CDC estimates 75,000-125,000 infants each year are hospitalized from bronchiolitis.

 

To prevent the spread of colds and viruses, follow these simple precautions:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If your child has fever, keep him home until he is fever free for 24 hours.
  • Get an annual flu shot.