Glandular fever is a type of viral infection. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr (EBV) virus which is one of the most common viruses affecting humans. Most EBV infections occur during childhood and produce few or no symptoms. The virus will remain in the body for life, lying dormant in a number of throat and blood cells. When EBV infection occurs in teenage years or early adulthood, it will lead to the development of glandular fever. During infection, the immune system makes antibodies to fight the virus, this makes your body immune to the virus for life. This is why it is rare to have more than one bout of glandular fever.
The virus is contagious and can be passed on by coming into contact with the saliva of someone who is infected with the condition. A person remains contagious for at least two months after the initial infection. Some people can have the EBV in their saliva for up to 18 months after infection.
Flu-like symptoms such as fever, aches and headaches
A red, un-itchy skin rash
Loss of appetite
Mild pain in the upper left side of the abdomen caused by swelling of the spleen
Swelling around the eyes
Many people will also experience inflammation of the liver accompanied with symptoms such as alcohol intolerance, loss of appetite and nausea
Some people experience no symptoms at all, this is called sub-clinical infection.
Follow an excellent energy boosting and immune conditioning diet and lifestyle programme
Avoid Tea, Coffee, alcohol and other stimulants
Supplement with nutrients and herbal formulas which help to cleanse the liver and lymphatic system
My name is Megan, I'm a non-practicing Nutritionist. I live in Cape Town with my husband and two crazy dogs. Read more.