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A 18-year-old female asked:

how do you treat glandular fever

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Supportive care: Glandular fever (or infectious mononucleosis, as it is known in the us) is caused by the epstein barr virus; treatment is purely supportive care to reduce fever and aches with nsaids or tylenol (acetaminophen).

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Recurring glandular fever is what sort of problem?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not sure: The term is not a medical one, but either a lay term or a description of an illness. It may not necessarily refer to infection, because an illness like sarcoidosis may produce recurring glandular fever. Need more info.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the usual symptoms of glandular fever?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Infectious Mono: Fever, sore throat, profound malaise and fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes, often in the posterior cervical chain, sometimes hepatitis and enlarged spleen with tenderness in left upper quadrant of abdomen.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the first symptoms you get with glandular fever?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
May be many: Sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, profound fatigue, loss of appetite are common.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long before the symptoms of glandular fever go away?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Highly variable: As a general rule 4-12 wks, but chronic long-term manifestations are well documented. This is ebv infectious mononucleosis. This herpes virus, like the others, sets up permanent residence in people who are infected, and can potentially produce several different malignancies, and recurrence of symptoms of mono are also reported, as is recurrence.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for glandular fever?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
No clear treatment.: Apparently, glandular fever is a viral infection caused by the epstein-barr virus. It can be transmitted by oral contact, like kissing, and airborne saliva droplets. At this time, there is no specific treatment. Paracetamol/tylenol and nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be used to help the flu like symptoms. Otherwise it resolves over 2-4 weeks without issues.

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