How is polio treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for polio. Supportive measures may be taken to ease some of the symptoms and give the body time to recover. Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, may be given to reduce pain and fever. Fluids and bed rest are helpful for those with mild flu-like symptoms. Physical therapy can be provided to stimulate the muscles and increase mobility for those who become disabled. A mechanical ventilator may be required for patients who have difficulty with breathing.

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