What You Need to Know About RSV in Children and Adults

Posted on January 11, 2023

Category: Signs and Symptoms

How do you know if you have Respiratory Syncytial Virus, also known as RSV or the common cold? While many of the symptoms are the same, keeping a close eye on those with a weakened immune system is vital. Unfortunately, RSV can become a more severe illness since it is a lung infection.

Who can get RSV?

The RSV infection is most commonly heard about in younger children. However, adults can also become infected with this illness. It’s widely known that most children will have been infected with the virus by the time they reach age 2. Typically the most critical cases happen for babies under 12 months old and adults with weakened immune systems. You should ask your doctor if you are more at risk of catching RSV.

Is RSV contagious?

YES! The respiratory syncytial virus enters your body, just like the common cold, through your eyes, nose, or mouth. This is another excellent example of why it is essential to practice good hygiene. Here are a few helpful tips to protect yourself and others around you:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sanitize the space around you frequently.
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill.


For many people, RSV will feel like a common cold. It is important to remember that if you are at high risk, keep an eye on your symptoms and seek medical attention right away. Here is a list of the most common RSV symptoms seen at Sioux Falls Urgent Care:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Wheezing
  • Congestion
  • Fever

Treatment and Prevention

There is currently no vaccine for RSV. Protecting yourself is your best shield. Make sure to follow the helpful tips listed above to stay healthy. Depending on your symptoms, you should talk with a healthcare provider before taking any medications. It is always important to stay hydrated and get enough rest.

RSV can be dangerous because it can develop into other health-related conditions. The most common illnesses RSV can develop into are Bronchitis and Pneumonia. Always seek the advice of a medical professional if you are at high risk or have any questions.


Sioux Falls Urgent Care off 85th & Minnesota offers walk-in care for RSV testing seven days/a week.

Office Hours:

Weekends: 7 AM-7 PM

Weekends: 8 AM-5 PM

(605) 444-8860