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How is polio treated?

Page last updated 10 July 2018

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

  1. New South Wales Government Health. Poliomyelitis fact sheet. Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018).
  2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Polio and post-polio syndrome. Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018).

SPANZ.IPV.18.04.0155a - Date of preparation May 2018