Rapid Flu and RSV Testing in Oxford, MS
Influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are both extremely common conditions that pediatricians often treat during the cold winter months. Both of these illnesses can be identified with rapid testing here in our clinic and can usually be managed with supportive care. Your child should be monitored closely as serious complications can arise.
What is RSV?
Everyone is fairly familiar with the influenza virus, but few individuals are able to identify early symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus. This particular illness is extremely common in young children, though it can affect persons of all ages.
RSV is associated with symptoms similar to a common cold, which include:
- A low-grade fever
- Increased irritability
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty breathing (will usually appear as wheezing or abnormally fast breaths)
It is possible for RSV to spread from person to person through vapors that are passed during a sneeze or cough.
When To Seek Treatment
Some mild cases of influenza or RSV may resolve themselves if the individual receives enough rest to fully recuperate. However, if you notice any serious symptoms such as breathing difficulties or a high fever, you should seek medical attention immediately. It is often better to be safe than sorry even when dealing with a mild case, as early treatment will be able to offer fast relief from painful symptoms.
Diagnosis and Treatment
In order to officially determine whether or not your child has influenza or RSV, a rapid test can be performed in our clinic laboratory. This test uses a swab of nasal secretions and yields results in 15 minutes.
Based on the outcome of your tests, Dr. Phillips will be able to recommend a course of treatment to relieve symptoms associated with your child’s illness.