Glandular Fever

Aug 19, 2018

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Glandular Fever

Introduction

Glandular fever is a common condition caused by a virus.  Glandular fever can affects all ages but affects most young adults. Glandular fever is also known as Infectious mononucleosis (“mono”). Your doctor can arrange a blood test to confirm glandular fever.

What is Glandular Fever?

Glandular fever (also known as infectious mononucleosis) is a common condition caused by a virus.

What Causes Glandular Fever?

Glandular fever is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)

 

What are the Symptoms of Glandular Fever?

Symptoms of glandular fever include fever, a sore throat, swollen glands  and “Tired all the Time” (TATT) fatigue.

 

How long does Glandular Fever Last?

Glandular fever patients are usually affected for about three weeks, however symptoms may continue including fatigue.

 

Is Glandular Fever Contagious?

Yes Glandular fever is contagious and is spread in airborne droplets.

 

How Contagious is Glandular Fever?

Glandular fever is caused by a virus infection by the Epstein-Barr virus EBV. The virus is contagious and is spread in airborne droplets.

 

How is Glandular Fever Spread?

Glandular fever is caused by a virus infection by the Epstein-Barr virus EBV. The virus is contagious and is spread in airborne droplets.

 

How long is Glandular Fever Contagious?

The first signs of glandular fever in the patient developing fatigue and lethargy may be about 4-8 weeks after exposure to the virus. The incubation period for glandular fever varies but may well be about 4-8 weeks after exposure to virus.

 

Can you get Glandular Fever Twice?

When a patient (usually early adults) develops the EBV they develop lifelong protection (known as immunity) from exposure to the infection; they may have persisting symptoms of fatigue. Having had glandular fever, it is very unlikely that it will develop it again.

 

How to recover from Glandular Fever

Glandular fever patients are usually affected for about three weeks, however symptoms may continue including fatigue.

Complete recovery can take several months, and need rest to recovery completely.

 

Glandular Fever Treatment

Glandular fever is caused by a virus and there is no cure for glandular fever, but there are treatments including simple remedies recommended for your symptoms while your body recovers.

  • Rest.
  • Drinking fluids and plenty of them!
  • OTC over-the-counter tablets such as paracetamol

Glandular Fever Complications

Complications may develop rarely following glandular fever including:

  • Fatigue syndrome, unclear why this occurs in a few patients.
  • Reduction in blood cells (red cells, white cells, platelets) usually resolves with time.
  • Ruptured spleen is rare; follows the initial EBV infection which commonly affects the spleen which is swollen in 50%.
  • Nervous system affected triggered by the  Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
  • secondary infection following weakening from the first EBV infection.

 

Glandular Fever Prognosis

The prognosis of most people with EBV virus glandular fever is good after recovery which may take about three weeks. Some patients may develop complication.

Do you think you suffer from glandular fever?

Call Doctor Martin on 020 8209 2401 to make an appointment.

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