Polio strikes suddenly and often without any warning. It very often strikes children without regard to whether they are healthy, eating a balanced diet and we'll conducive environment, or sickly, malnourished and poorly-environment. When it strikes, the individual patient family face several days or even weeks of uncertainty before they know how severely the patient will be affected by the disease.
Symptoms of Polio Disease
- It may resemble an ordinary cold with Soreness of the throat, laryngitis and nasal congestion.
- It may start as an ordinary case of influenza in which there is fever and generalized severe aching.
- loss of reflexes
- severe spasms and muscle pain
- loose and floppy limbs, sometimes on just one side of the body
- sudden paralysis, temporary or permanent
- deformed limbs, especially the hips, ankles, and feet
- continuing muscle and joint weakness
- muscle pain that gets worse
- becoming easily exhausted or fatigued
- muscle wasting also called muscle atrophy
- trouble breathing and swallowing
- sleep apnea, or sleep-related breathing problems
- low tolerance for cold temperatures
- new onset of weakness in previously uninvolved muscles
- the trouble with concentration and memory
Treatment of polio
- bed rest
- antispasmodic drugs to relax muscles
- antibiotics for urinary tract infections
- portable ventilators to help with breathing
- physical therapy or corrective braces to help with walking
- heating pads or warm towels to ease muscle aches and spasms
- physical therapy to treat pain in the affected muscles
- physical therapy to address breathing and pulmonary problems
- pulmonary rehabilitation to increase lung endurance
How to prevent polio
CDC vaccination schedule
- 1953: Stalk announces polio vaccine. (n.d.). Retrieved from
- Mayo Clinic Staff. (2018, Nov 25). Polio: Symptoms. Retrieved from
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