Sep 15 2009
The Epstein Barr virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever, does not typically target the eyes. However I have had a few patients report eye problems as part of their mono symptoms.
In the early, acute stage of mononucleosis, sore painful eyes which are sensitive to light are not unusual. Some patients have reported weeping, runny eyes. Others have had problems with their vision and dry eyes.
To relieve mono symptoms of sore, painful eyes, slices of cucumber or cold tea bags can be placed over the eyes. You can also soak some cotton wool in tepid water with a few drops of chamomile essential oil and place over the eyes to soothe the irritation. A darkened room, away from bright light and glare is essential.
Eyes that are constantly weeping or running may be infected with a secondary bacterial infection, so a trip to your doctor is advisable. If no infection is found then there may be another irritant like allergy, an ingrown eyelash or something like dust or pollen in the eye.
To relieve eye irritation you can rinse the eyes gently in a solution of warm water and salt.
Vitamin C and zinc can help boost immunity to fight off both viral and bacterial infections and balance the immune system.
For mono symptoms of dry eyes – high dose fish oils and vitamin A can be beneficial. A diet rich in healthy fats like avocado, raw nuts and seeds, coconut oil, cold pressed olive oil etc is also important.
The herbs Gingko biloba and bilberry are excellent for any eye problems as they improve circulation and antioxidant protection to the eyes. Results can take a few weeks to take effect so if the mono symptoms are chronic or long-lasting then perseverance is important.
If your mono symptoms include sore, dry or irritated eyes then there is a lot you can do with natural therapies. For further information please refer to the mononucleosis treatment plan as discussed in the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.
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