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Are there any medications that can treat smallpox symptoms?

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

No cure for smallpox exists.
Treatment would focus on relieving symptoms and keeping the person from becoming dehydrated. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the person also develops a bacterial infection in the lungs or on the skin.

In brief: See below

No cure for smallpox exists.
Treatment would focus on relieving symptoms and keeping the person from becoming dehydrated. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the person also develops a bacterial infection in the lungs or on the skin.
Dr. Diane Minich
Dr. Diane Minich
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Treatment supportive

When it was prevalent, smallpox was treated with supportive measures like fluids, rest, attention to complications etc.
Since the last cases in the US were in 1949 & worldwide in 1977 there are no active cases to study the newer medications.

In brief: Treatment supportive

When it was prevalent, smallpox was treated with supportive measures like fluids, rest, attention to complications etc.
Since the last cases in the US were in 1949 & worldwide in 1977 there are no active cases to study the newer medications.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Smallpox

The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980.
A Smallpox patient should be isolated in a negative-pressure room until all scabs have fallen off. Provide intravenous or oral hydration wi electrolyte/ fluid monitoring. The person should be vaccinated as soon as possible after exposure. Wound care is important. Use ventilatory support if required. Although there is no specific

In brief: Smallpox

The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980.
A Smallpox patient should be isolated in a negative-pressure room until all scabs have fallen off. Provide intravenous or oral hydration wi electrolyte/ fluid monitoring. The person should be vaccinated as soon as possible after exposure. Wound care is important. Use ventilatory support if required. Although there is no specific
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
specific medication for Smallpox, cidofovir (antiviral) may be helpful.
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