RSV is a serious condition that can affect people of all ages. However, elderly people are especially at risk. So what exactly is this disease and how can you stay protected? Read on to learn about RSV in elderly patients- and what doctors are doing about it.

What is RSV?

RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It’s a common, contagious infection that affects the respiratory system. It usually creates mild symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, fatigue, fever, and post-nasal drip. Most patients will have cold or flu-like symptoms that clear up after a week or so. However, some patients can develop very serious- even life-threatening- infections. Therefore, people should pay close attention to their symptoms.

How Does It Affect Seniors?

People with weaker immune systems are more likely to develop severe cases of RSV. This means that seniors are at a higher risk, as are young children and people with chronic diseases. Seniors are more likely to visit the ER for this virus, and also may have feel sick for a longer period of time. Therefore, it’s important that seniors are proactive in protecting their health.

Treating and Preventing RSV

Unfortunately, there is no specific drug used to treat this virus. However, over-the-counter medications for cold-like symptoms can be helpful for many patients. Bed rest and hydration are important, too. In order to reduce the risk of RSV, people should wash their hands frequently, avoid close contact with sick people, and clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces. People should also stay home when sick to prevent the spread of illness.

Are New Treatments on the Horizon?

Researchers are currently studying new ways of treating- and preventing- RSV, including a possible vaccine. These new treatments are currently in the clinical trial phase, which means patients can receive treatments if they participate in a trial. Patients in clinical trials receive safe, thorough medical care. They also get to help doctors develop the latest medical treatments.

Clinical Trials for RSV in Elderly Patients

DM Clinical Research is conducting cutting-edge research on RSV. You can help us study new treatments while also protecting your own health. Click here to learn more.