What are the treatment options for polio?

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Most people affected by the minor strain of polio recover completely without treatment. For the small percentage that is infected with the paralytic strain of polio, the best treatment is to reduce stress to their body.

If the virus has caused paralysis, a wheelchair or walker may be needed to help the affected person get around. If the infection makes breathing difficult, a ventilator may be necessary to assist the lungs. Pain medication may be prescribed if the person's symptoms cause them discomfort. Resting, by taking naps and getting a good night sleep, may help the body's natural immunities fight the infection. Also, because polio can cause the muscles to become weak and deformed, exercise and physical therapy are good ways to keep the infection from permanently damaging the muscle tissue-this is as long as it does not tax the affected person too much.

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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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