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How is polio treated?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

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.    Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Polio and post-polio syndrome. Available at: (accessed 18 March 2020).

SPANZ.IPV.18.04.0155(1)a - Date of preparation March 2020