Cytomegalovirus | Treatment

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Is there a treatment for CMV?

For otherwise healthy people, CMV usually doesn't require treatment. If your immune system is weakened, your doctor may use one of several different medicines to treat CMV infection. However, because CMV is a virus, regular antibiotics won't work against it. Antiviral drugs are usually prescribed, which slows the virus down (but cannot cure CMV).

If you are pregnant and your baby has CMV, you doctor will likely check your baby for any health problems once he or she is born so they can be treated early. Treatable symptoms in newborns include pneumonia, hearing loss and inflammation of the eye.

Source

Cytomegalovirus by GH Taylor, M.D. (American Family Physician February 01, 2003, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030201/519.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 07/13
Created: 04/03

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