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Jan 13 2009

Duration of Epstein Barr Virus (mononucleosis or glandular fever)

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How long does Epstein Barr virus (mononucleosis or glandular fever) last?

Symptoms of the Epstein Barr virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever, usually last from 1 – 4 weeks, although some cases may last months. Studies amongst university populations have estimated that 20% of mononucleosis patients return to work within one week, 50% within 2 weeks.

It is estimated that about half of those who initially experience symptoms have ongoing symptoms two months after infection. At three months, about one in three sufferers reports symptoms, and at six months the figure is about one in ten. Twenty-four months after infection a small percentage of people still report symptoms, predominantly ongoing fatigue, although sore throat, swollen glands, muscle aches and low grade fever can linger.

Generally, people only get mono once. However about 6% of people experience a recurrence of the symptoms for months or years after they initially contact the virus.

Cyclical reactivation of the virus with serious symptoms can be a sign of immunological abnormalities in a small number of people. Usually the longer symptoms are experienced for, the more the infection weakens the person’s immune system and the longer they will need to recover.

If this sounds like you, then the most effective approach is to support your immune system with vitamins, minerals, herbs, an immune-boosting diet, homeopathy, essential oils and stress reduction. These therapies are discussed in the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.

 

16 responses so far

16 Responses to “Duration of Epstein Barr Virus (mononucleosis or glandular fever)”

  1. sunanda sil says:

    sir, my age is 28 and i am infected by EVB. i’m suffering from 7 months. now my problem is my finger is swollen and i can’tbend them and also have persistent fever. please suggest me to overome. thank you

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi,
    Sorry you are suffering with EBV and its side effects. For any kind of swelling I recommend a natural fresh food diet which focuses on the anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, turmeric, fish oils, cayenne and raw pineapple. Plenty of pure water and alkalising vegetables will also help. Fever is your body’s way of fighting infection so should not be suppressed. Try and support your immune system with supplements like vitamin C, zinc and selenium. If your fever persists it is worth seeing your doctor to make sure you have not picked up a secondary infection.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  3. Dee says:

    Sir,

    I am a 52 year old female who has recently been diagnosed with mono about 3-4 weeks ago thru a blood test which I understand is rare in older people. I do not have the fever or sore throat but I am weak and tired on and off to the point I can’t get out of bed. How long should I be resting, my doctor says to apply for family medical leave do I really need that long. Some days I feel great.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Dee,
    Thanks for your post. Sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with mono. It is rare to get in your 50′s – most people get it in their teens or earlier.

    Everyone is different but most people take a good month or two to fully recover from mono. Resting your body, getting a good night’s sleep, drinking plenty of water and eating a fresh food diet will help. Adding some B vitamins, magnesium and vitamin C can help
    restore your energy levels. It is promising you are having some good days – hopefully they will become more frequent.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  5. Ms Lim says:

    Hi,

    I am 24 yrs old, girl.
    I am suffering Mono 3 weeks, until now I do not see any recover signal….my lymph nodes getting more and big as well..
    I do not have feverm sore throat, not so fatigue also.
    I done a blood test, White blood cells shows low, only 2.4…
    Hb and PCV also shows low.
    I am quite worry…am I getting leukemia some things like tat?

    your reply is appreciated.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Ms Lim,
    Sorry to hear you have mono. It is not unusual for the symptoms to last several weeks. The swollen glands indicate your body is killing and filtering the virus from your system. To help your recovery the best thing is plenty of rest and sleep, a fresh food diet and some immune-boosting supplements like vitamin C, zinc, echinacea and garlic. If you feel you are not seeing improvements within another week or so then visiting a naturopath or holistic doctor would be advisable.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  7. Lauren says:

    Hello. I am a 17 year old female. I have been recently diagnosed although I have been suffering with this for over a year. Doctors previously said I was making this up for attention. I have heard of chronic mono, how long does that last and do you think I have it? Also any suggestions?
    I sleep 13+ hours a day and still am exhausted
    I have terrible leg pain that is debilitating
    I also have depression

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lauren,
    Thank you for your post. Sorry to hear you are ill with mono. It is usually classified as chronic when it lingers for more than 6 months. Fortunately there is a lot you can do with natural therapies to help your recovery.

    Your priority is to get your immune system fighting off the virus with high dose vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A. You will also need to repair your adrenal glands with magnesium, the B complex and plenty of rest. Magnesium supplements and Epsom salt baths (2 cups to a hot bath) may relieve the leg pain. If not, a chiroparactor or osteopath may be able to work out what is going on.

    A low carb, high protein diet with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and pure water is important. Some anti-inflammatory foods and anti-viral herbs will also help.
    If your symptoms persist you may need to do some liver cleansing in order to clear the virus from your system.

    All these techniques are outlined in my e-book and have been used with good results by many patients who have had similar conditions. The assistance of a good holistic doctor or naturopath is recommended.

    I hope this answers your questions.

    Kind Regards
    Elizabeth

  9. Teri says:

    My 10 year old niece had mono three years ago. She’s recently been out of school for 5 weeks with what is diagnosed as a mono-like virus. Low grade fever, painful swollen glands, headaches, fatigue. Her white blood count is very low. There is virtually no improvement from day to day. Doctors wanted to try prednasone, but parents refused due to side effects and doctor said it may not help. She’s started antibiotics because it has “possibly” gone bacterial. Is it normal to go on this long?

  10. admin says:

    Hi Teri,

    Thank you for your post. Sorry to hear your niece has been ill. It can be a very worrying time. It does sound like Epstein Barr virus or a similar virus like cytomegalovirus. EBV is a latent virus that can relapse after the initial infection. Antibiotics will only help if it is a bacterial infection. Prednasone can suppress the symptoms but will also lower the immune system’s ability to fight the infection.

    Fortunately there is a lot you can do with natural therapies to help your niece’s recovery. The priority is to get her immune system fighting off the virus with high dose vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A. You will also need to repair her adrenal glands with magnesium and the B complex.

    A low carb, high protein diet with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and pure water is important. Some anti-inflammatory foods and anti-viral herbs will also help. If her symptoms persist she may need to do some liver cleansing in order to clear the virus from her system.

    All these techniques are outlined in my e-book and have been used with good results by many patients who have had similar conditions. With the e-book, you also get free email support for 30 days if you need further guidance on individual concerns.
    I hope this answers your questions.

    Kind Regards

    Elizabeth Noble

  11. Laura says:

    I was diagnose with EBV about 8 weeks ago. Previousely i had a sinus infection for 3 months and was on lots of antibiotics, which they found my chronic sinisitus was due to a cyst in my maxillary sinus that was causing a blockage. I am scheduled next week to have it removed. I have had a 99.1-99.6 fever for the first 3 weeks of the EBV, then was better for a few weeks, i now have had a fever 99.1-100.2 fever for the past few weeks again. The doctor said it was still the EBV, I then caught a stomache virus and went to the ER and they found I have a UTI. I have been on cipro for 2 days for the UTI and have severe mid back pain and pelvic pain. So my question is, is it possible for the EBV to still be causing fever or could it be a more seriouse issue? I keep getting passed around from doctor to doctor. Is it safe to under go surgery if in fact my fever is still from EBV?

  12. admin says:

    Hi Laura,
    Sorry to hear you have been so ill. Fever from EBV can last weeks in some people although it is not normal. Fever can also be caused by the UTI or a sinus infection. I would look at boosting your immune system with a pure diet, plenty of rest and fluids and some supplements like vitamin C, zinc, echinacea etc. You may need to find a good doctor or naturopath who can treat you holistically.
    Elizabeth

  13. Mendy says:

    Hi, i have blood test for CMV AB IGG is 3.48 and EBV VCA AB IGG is 4.76. Is this very high? I have low grade fever 99.0 to 99.5 everyday since January. My doctor say the fever will go away itself, is this true? And did not give me any prescription . What can I do now?

  14. admin says:

    Hi Mandy,

    Your doctor has tested you for Cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr virus. Your results are best interpreted by your doctor in conjuction with your symptoms. Normally when you first get Epstein Barr virus your IgG levels rise early in the disease and peak at about 3-4 weeks. They then decline and persist at low levels for life. Other Epstein Barr antibody tests can help determine what stage of the illness you are at.

    Symptoms like fever do usually resolve themselves with time. Fortunately there is a lot you can do with natural therapies to help your recovery. Your priority is to get your immune system fighting off the virus with nutrients like high dose vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A. A low carb, high protein diet with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and pure water is important. Some anti-inflammatory foods and anti-viral herbs will also help. Rest and quality sleep are essential.

    Best wishes
    Elizabeth

  15. Laura says:

    Well I am back again (original post may 23rd). I have had 2 sinus surgeries that went well and have recovered from those. My UTI cas cleared up. I have gone for about a month with no fever and it is back. Have had it for about 10 days now. It is 99.1 to 99.7. I eat fairly healthy, drink boost shakes, take a multiivitamin regularly, and exercise regularly. I am a 31 year old female. The doctor has done a ct scan of my pelvic/abdomen, brain/sinus and everything looks good. I have had blood work to check my blood levels to see if i need some type of vitamin shots to boost my immune system back. That came back good. I have muscle soreness in my legs, random headaches, fever, soreness in my mid back and pelvic area and fatigue. Is it possible it is the EBV reactivating?

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Laura,

    Sorry that nasty fever is back. Yes a reactivation of EBV is possible, especially if the sinus and UTI have cleared up. Although your blood tests show you are in the normal range for the nutrients tested, I do find patients still get better results when boosting their white blood cell activity and immune system with supplements like vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, selenium plus lots of rest and healthy foods.

    If your symptoms persist it may be worth getting s special test called the PCR test which looks for infections like mycoplasma, chlamydia pneumonia and Lymes which can also cause chronic fever.

    Let us know how you go.

    Elizabeth

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