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SCRMC HealthBreak | RSV  

Posted on December 3, 2018

Respiratory syncytial virus infection, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Dr. Grant Saxton, a new pediatrician at Laurel Pediatric Clinic, explains, “It is a very, very common virus that circulates in the colder winter months similar to the seasonal pattern that we see with influenza.” Most people recover from RSV within a week or two, but RSV can be serious especially for infants, so it is important to know the symptoms. In younger infants, RSV can tend to be more cumbersome and cause symptoms such as a runny nose and congestion, but for some reason, it sends more congestion lower into the infant’s airways. For older children and adults, it is mostly going to manifest as an upper respiratory illness that is similar to the common cold. The number one thing you can do to prevent RSV in yourself and your child is to have a good handwashing routine.

For an appointment with Dr. Saxton, call the Laurel Pediatric Clinic at (601) 649-3520 or visit