Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV) Treatment and Recovery

How hMPV Is Treated

Because hMPV commonly clears up on its own, treatment is mostly geared toward easing symptoms. Generally, this means using over-the-counter medications to control pain and fever (such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen), along with a decongestant. Patients with more severe wheezing and coughing may require a temporary inhaler, which may include an inhaled corticosteroid. Your doctor may also suggest a stronger oral medication like prednisone.

Preventing hMPV

Because hMPV is spread through contact, the best way to protect from infection is to avoid touching people who are infected and wash your hands often. If you think you are infected, keep others safe by covering your mouth when you cough, avoiding touching and sharing possibly infected items and washing your hands thoroughly.

People with chronic lung diseases such as COPD, asthma and pulmonary fibrosis should always take precautions to protect from infection such as hMPV, influenza and other contagious diseases. Additionally, they should make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date.

Finding Support

For more information, call the Lung Association's Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to talk to a trained respiratory professional who can help answer your questions.

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: March 12, 2020

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