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What was the most common medication given to help polio victims in the old days?

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In brief: Supportive

The treatment is mostly supportive, treating fever and pain.
If paralytic polio occurs, then the treatment is according to the severity of the symptoms and may include breathing assistance via a ventilator and long therapies after.

In brief: Supportive

The treatment is mostly supportive, treating fever and pain.
If paralytic polio occurs, then the treatment is according to the severity of the symptoms and may include breathing assistance via a ventilator and long therapies after.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: No med available

Polio was a side effect of a viral infection that commonly triggered diarrhea.
As a virus, there was no medicine to cure or treat it. The virus also attacked nerves in some patients.Once injured, these nerves often died, leaving paralysis in the area/ limbs supplied by those nerves.Patients sometimes improved after the initial swelling around nerves improved, but many retained their paralysis.

In brief: No med available

Polio was a side effect of a viral infection that commonly triggered diarrhea.
As a virus, there was no medicine to cure or treat it. The virus also attacked nerves in some patients.Once injured, these nerves often died, leaving paralysis in the area/ limbs supplied by those nerves.Patients sometimes improved after the initial swelling around nerves improved, but many retained their paralysis.
Dr. James Ferguson
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