This test looks at cells taken from fluid in your nose or throat to see if you have respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV attacks the upper airways.
The Easysweet Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Rapid Test looks for antigens in these nose or throat cells to quickly diagnose infection. An antigen is a substance in a virus that causes your body's immune system to make antibodies. The test is accurate 80% to 90% of the time.
If you have RSV, you can spread it to others by coughing and sneezing for about 10 days after symptoms start. Once you've been infected, you're less likely to get it again. If you do, your symptoms may be milder.
If your symptoms are severe, you may need to be treated in hospital.
Why do I need this test?
You may need this test if you have symptoms of RSV and you are at risk for a serious infection such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia. This test is more commonly used in infants and young children. Symptoms of RSV infection may include:
severe tiredness (fatigue)
For most people, RSV symptoms go away on their own within days to weeks. But infants, young children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at serious risk of contracting the virus.
You may need the Easysweet Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Rapid Test:
Early Rapid Diagnosis Begins Early Treatment
Early and rapid diagnosis to help prevent you from spreading the virus to others
Diagnose RSV so your healthcare provider can rule out other causes of respiratory illness
Besides this test, what other tests can I have?
Your healthcare provider may also use cell cultures to test your nasal or throat secretions. Blood tests may also be done to diagnose RSV. But getting those test results can take a long time.
What do my test results mean?
Test results may vary based on your age, gender, health history, and other factors. Depending on the laboratory used, your test results may vary. They probably don't mean you have a problem. Ask your healthcare provider what your test results mean for you.
A normal result is negative, which means you do not have RSV. If your test is positive, you may have RSV.
How is Easysweet Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Rapid Test done?
The test is done using a sample of secretions from areas in the nose or back of the throat, or both. Your healthcare provider may collect the sample using a cotton swab, a soft rubber bulb, or a plastic tube called a catheter. To do this, you may need to tilt your head back.
Does the Easysweet Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Rapid Test pose any risks?
There are no known risks to this test. You may experience some mild discomfort or a gagging sensation while the provider collects the sample.
What could affect my test results?
The test may be affected by how soon after the infection begins the test is completed. The test works best if done within the first few days after symptoms start. Results were more reliable in young children and less reliable in older children and adults.
How can I prepare for this test?
You do not need to be prepared for this test. Make sure your healthcare provider knows about all the medicines, herbs, vitamins and supplements you are taking. This includes over-the-counter medicines and any illegal drugs you may be using.
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