How is polio diagnosed?

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Stiff neck, weak limbs, slow reaction time and labored breathing are all signs your doctor will look for if they think you may have polio. If your doctor suspects you have polio they will take either a sample of stool, fluid from your throat or fluid from your spine; all of these are places where evidence of the poliovirus can be found. If the sample comes back with high levels of polio antibodies (the cells your body produces to try to fight the infection) the doctor can confirm that you have polio. If the sample does not contain significant levels of polio antibodies, then other causes for your discomfort will be explored.

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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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