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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (cont.)

Are There Home Remedies for SARS?

Follow the guidelines described in Prevention to limit the spread and transmission of SARS infection. Patients are usually treated in a hospital if they are diagnosed with SARS.

What Are SARS Treatments?

Currently, no specific treatment exists for SARS, although various treatments have been tried with unclear success. Specialists in infectious diseases and pulmonary care and others should be involved with the care of SARS patients. Medical treatments that have been tried include corticosteroids, antiviral agents, interferon, and various antibody preparations, nitric oxide, and a traditional Chinese medication termed glycyrrhizin (a compound found in licorice roots). Most of these treatments have not been studied enough to prove effectiveness. Most hospitalized patients require supportive care such as supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

People with confirmed or suspected SARS should be isolated and undergo aggressive treatment in a hospital. Mechanical ventilation (a device that assists in a person's breathing) and critical care may be necessary because of respiratory distress.

What Medications Treat SARS?

In some of the first cases of SARS, antibiotics were used with no success. Once it was determined that SARS was a virus, the antiviral drug ribavirin was used, sometimes in combination with corticosteroids. However, information is limited on whether or not these drugs will decrease the overall disease severity and death from SARS.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/21/2016

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