Aug 26 2011
Chronic Epstein Barr virus can reduce immunity so secondary bacterial infections can take hold. Infections with organisms like Staph, Strep, Escherihia coli, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Rickettsia can result and may need antibiotics to treat.
Although many bacteria like chlamydia and mycoplasma are common in the environment, they are usually non-invasive. If you have a weak immune system due to chronic Epstein Barr virus, then these organisms can enter your cells causing a persistent, low grade infection which can last for months or years.
If you are diagnosed with one of these infections you will probably need to take an antibiotic for at least a week or two. Chronic, deep seated infections may need several months of antibiotic treatment.
Check with your doctor about the safety of taking antibiotics with chronic Epstein Barr virus. Sometimes the combination of the active virus with antibiotics can trigger skin irritation and rashes.
If you have to take antibiotics during chronic Epstein Barr virus then there are steps you can take to support your immunity and minimise side effects:
- Firstly take some probiotics like acidophilus and bifido bacteria as a powder or capsule during and after your antibiotic course to help maintain a healthy bacterial balance in your gastrointestinal tract.
- Take an immune-boosting supplement with vitamin C and zinc. Other immune tonics like Echinacea, garlic or Olive Leaf Extract can be beneficial.
- Eat a low carbohydrate, sugar-free diet which is high in quality protein and fresh fruit and vegetables. This diet is also a good anti-inflammatory diet for chronic Epstein Barr virus.
- Get adequate rest and sleep, minimise stress and exercise regularly to keep your immune system in tip top condition.
- Drink plenty of pure water and fluids.
- Complete the whole antibiotic course as instructed. Even if you are feeling better finish the whole course. Otherwise some bacteria may remain to re-infect you. Because they have been exposed to the antibiotic, these remaining bacteria may have developed a resistance and will be harder to kill next time. What isn’t killed becomes stronger.
- Do not skip antibiotic doses
- Do not save any antibiotics for the next time you get sick
If your chronic Epstein Barr virus has resulted in a secondary bacterial infection then talking with your doctor about antibiotics is important. If you need to take antibiotics then please ensure you eat well and take the right nutrients to ensure side effects are minimised. For further information on the natural treatments for chronic Epstein Barr virus please refer to the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.