For most people, RSV goes away on its own in a week or two, and home treatment is all that is needed. This may include:
- Fever and pain management with acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®). Don’t give acetylsalicylic acid (e.g., Aspirin®) to anyone under age 18
- Drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration
- Clearing your baby's nasal passages with a suction device if breathing difficulties interfere with feeding or sleeping
Antiviral medication is not routinely recommended.
When should I see a doctor?
If you or your child seem to have worsening symptoms, with more rapid breathing, wheezing, high fever or increased feeding difficulty, you should seek medical care. If an adult or child is experiencing severe breathing distress, seek urgent medical care. Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department.