Flu and RSV Testing in Manassas and Haymarket, VA

Influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are both extremely common conditions that pediatricians all across Northern Virginia often treat during the cold winter months. Both of these illnesses can be treated easily, though if left untreated will likely result in severe complications.

What is RSV?

Everyone is fairly familiar with the influenza virus, but few individuals are able to identify early symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus. This particular illness is extremely common in young children, though it can affect persons of all ages.

RSV is associated with symptoms similar to a common cold, which include:

  • Coughing
  • A low-grade fever
  • Increased irritability
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing (will usually appear as wheezing or abnormally fast breaths)

It is possible for RSV to spread from person to person through vapors that are passed during a sneeze or cough.

When To Seek Treatment

Some mild cases of influenza or RSV may resolve themselves if the individual receives enough rest to fully recuperate. However, if you notice any serious symptoms such as breathing difficulties or a high fever, you should seek medical attention immediately. It is often better to be safe than sorry even when dealing with a mild case, as early treatment will be able to offer fast relief from painful symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment

In order to officially determine whether or not your child has influenza or RSV, a variety of tests may need to be performed. This is primarily to do with the fact that there are multiple different strains of influenza that a child may contract. Influenza A and influenza B are among the most common, but it is also possible to test for other subforms. Several of these tests are also able to identify respiratory syncytial virus within the same sample provided by the patient.

Results are typically available within a few days after the sample has been collected and sent to the lab for testing. Rapid test options will of course have a much faster turnaround time that should be available within just a few hours. If you have completed flu and RSV testing with PediatriCare of Northern Virginia, but have not yet received your results after several days, please contact our local office by calling (703) 330-3939 to inquire about your test results.

Based on the outcome of your tests, your pediatrician will be able to recommend a course of treatment to relieve symptoms associated with your child’s illness. If you notice that your son or daughter’s symptoms are worsening, please bring them in for a consultation as soon as possible.

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COVID-19: How We Keep YOU Safe

We have always been committed to ensuring your child’s health and well-being regardless of what the world throws at us as a “village” Exceptional circumstances require innovative processes to keep your family safe. It’s our commitment to you and our community. Here’s how we honor that commitment

Curbside Check-in

Schedule your appt, tell us you want curbside check-in. Let us do the navigation for you. Let us know you are here, proceed into the building to our suite and you will be met by a staff member upon arrival and immediately escorted to your personal exam room in our office bypassing the normal check in process. Our families love it!

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Video Appointments

No apps to download, No special processes that make life difficult and it’s HIPAA compliant and easy to schedule. We would love to tell you more. It’s a fantastic way to have your child’s health concerns addressed in the privacy of your home.

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Split Schedule

Well-child checks ONLY in the morning bright and early is the perfect time to make sure your child is getting the preventative care they need!

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****Reduced traffic flow in the common areas of the building and our office****
Several practices in the building have consolidated locations out of our building which means there is a significant decrease in activity in the hallways. The Fitness Center is also closed! People are practicing strict social distancing too. Plenty of parking, non-crowded hallways, and elevators where people don’t jump in with one another. It’s a win/win.

****We take care of ourselves so we can care for you****
We have always followed scientifically established protocols to ensure that our facility is clean and our staff is healthy, now more than ever, rest assured that our processes for infection control are superior and our commitment to minimizing risk is unwavering. We are happy to report that the entire staff has remained healthy during this pandemic because of the exceptional commitment we have, as part of your village, to adhering to CDC guidelines both at work and during our time off.

We miss you, we miss the kids and we are ALWAYS here for you and committed to keeping you safe.