Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that infects the lungs and respiratory system. In healthy adults, it typically causes mild, cold-like symptoms. However, symptoms can be more severe, leading to more serious complications in infants, toddlers and older adults. In this population, RSV is the leading cause of pneumonia and inflammation of the lungs, called bronchiolitis.
What is RSV and who is at risk?
RSV symptoms in kids and adults are similar to other respiratory viruses. These include:
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Runny nose
- Trouble breathing
Many of these symptoms can overlap with other respiratory viruses. Therefore, if you suspect RSV, it is best to seek medical care.
If you or your child has respiratory symptoms, we can confirm RSV in a few different ways when you visit one of our urgent care partners. Every visit starts with a physical exam and questions about the symptoms you are experiencing.
Visit one our urgent cares for RSV treatment
When you visit our urgent care centers for treatment for RSV or other respiratory viruses, you can expect:
- Caring, knowledgeable providers
- Conveniently located centers
- Cost-effective care
- In-network with most insurance companies
- Open on holidays and weekends
- Pediatric services
- Short wait times
- Virtual visits available
We want to help you start feeling better faster!
Find a location near you for immediate care
When you visit one of our conveniently located centers, you can expect to see a knowledgeable provider who can help evaluate your symptoms, determine a plan of action and help with treating RSV. Our centers also offer short wait times and cost-effective care. We are in-network with most health insurance plans and offer self-pay options if needed.
We are open 365 days a year, seven days a week, with extended hours. Just locate the nearest center, walk in, save your spot online or schedule a virtual visit with our urgent care partners.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Pediatric respiratory infections every parent should know about
Pediatric respiratory infections typically spike during the winter months leading to “ cold and flu season”. This is when everybody spends more time indoors, where germs are quickly shared, especially in schools, daycares and other social settings.
What’s the deal with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a virus that causes upper and lowers respiratory tract infections. Symptoms may be mild, cold-like, or more serious, especially for infants or older adults. This year, it has been significantly affecting toddlers and older children as well. One of the respiratory syncytial virus characteristics is the change in appearance in the lung cells that occurs when there is an RSV infection. The virus is named “syncytial” based on the change in appearance that cells in the respiratory tract undergo when they’re infected by the virus since “syncytial” is a Greek term for a cluster of cells.
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