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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is viral bronchiolitis?

Viral infection of the small airways in young children. It can be more dangerous in infants as the airways are tiny and can easily become blocked up.

Symptoms of viral bronchiolitis

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Feeling breathless

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Recent contact with sick people with similar symptoms

  • First symptom is runny nose

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for viral bronchiolitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose viral bronchiolitis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Is your breathing noisy; e.g. wheezing, rattling?

  • Are there people around you with the same symptoms?

Treatment for viral bronchiolitis

This condition usually lasts two to three weeks. Supportive care and careful monitoring for breathlessness is important. Infants and severe cases may need to be hospitalized for oxygen support or for fluids to be given through a needle in the vein.

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