Are there alternative treatments for polio?

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Alternative treatments for the symptoms of polio include exercise, a well-balanced diet, and holistic pain management. Moderate exercise and physical therapy offer those affected with polio a way to fight off muscle atrophy, which is a loss of muscle mass and function due to non-use. A well-balanced diet provides the nutrients needed to feed the muscles and help the body fight the polio infection. Holistic pain reducers, such as massage and acupuncture, may provide pain relief and muscle relaxation without the need for prescription drugs.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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