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Casper doctors warn community members about up and coming RSV season

Mesa Primary Care on Sept. 22
Mesa Primary Care on Sept. 22(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 5:54 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Today is the first day of fall and Wyomingites can expect to see temperatures dropping. Dr. Andy Dunn, the Chief of Staff at Banner Wyoming Medical Center, said the cold temperatures bring in respiratory syncytial Virus Infection or RSV.

RSV can be dangerous for kids younger than two. “It will go down in the lungs and create what’s called bronchiolitis or inflammation of the small bronchial tubes that can be a big problem. It can cause kids and babies to have pneumonia or other respiratory issues,” Dunn said.

Dunn adds this illness is noticeable in babies based on how they are breathing. “Parents will see retractions in the rib cage. That can be a sign of lower respiratory mucus plugging. They can’t excrete that goo from the lower respiratory system,” Dunn said.

A sucking mechanism can help babies get rid of the mucus they can’t get rid of themselves. Treating RSV is different for people over two. “Drinking water, sleeping, taking Vitamin D and Zinc will help. Also, try not to stress your immune system or body,” Dunn said.

There arent’ any long-term effects directly from RSV. Only if people get pneumonia with it. “There could be residual scarring in their lungs. There might be an issue where the lungs need more exercise to open up and ventilate back to baseline before they were sick,” Dunn said.

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