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Glandular Fever

 

Overview

Glandular fever (Infectious mononucleosis) is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and is known to spread by saliva and air borne droplets. The virus is a close relative of the herpes virus.  


One of the most common viruses that can affect humans is EBV. The infection usually takes place during early childhood and usually produces few or no symptoms. Sometimes the virus will remain in the body lying dormant in a number of throat and blood cells throughout an infected person’s life. EBV infection can lead to the development of glandular fever if it occurs during the teenage years, or early adulthood. 

 

Causes

The infection is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus that's transferred from one person to another in saliva. Kissing is one obvious way by which the disease can be transmitted. But the infection is also spread via airborne droplets. A person can become contagious for at least two months after initial infection with EBV.  

 

Symptoms

The incubation period from infection to when the symptoms first appear is between 30 and 50 days. The following symptoms are common under this condition: 

 

  • Before the disease breaks out, one to two weeks may pass with symptoms that are similar to those of flu.
  • A sore throat, with swollen tonsils that are heavily covered by a white coating.
  • Fever, headache, severe fatigue and muscle pains and even weight loss
    Swelling and puffiness may develop around the eyes, settling after one to two days.
    Some people may experience a tendency to sweat.
    Like the lymph glands, your spleen is part of the immune system and can become swollen. If this occurs, it can sometimes be felt below the ribs on the left-hand side of the abdomen and may occasionally cause mild pain.
    Swollen and sore lymph nodes in the neck, armpits and the groin.
    The liver may become enlarged and yellow jaundice may develop.

 

Diagnosis

The diagnosis is made on the grounds of the symptoms, blood samples and a throat swab.

 

Treatments

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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