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How is polio treated?

Page last updated 18 January 2022

There is no specific cure for polio, however your doctor may recommend some treatments to help combat the effects of polio:

  • antibiotics – for secondary infections
  • pain-relieving medication
  • portable ventilators to assist breathing
  • medication to reduce muscle spasms
  • moderate exercise
  • massage
  • physiotherapy
  • heat treatments
  • a nutritious diet.

Sources & Citations

4. Better Health Channel. Polio and post-polio syndrome. Available at: (accessed 07 December 2021).



MAT-AU-2102483  Date of preparation January 2022