Jan 13 2009
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.
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