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Why would my epstein barr virus continue to be high. Dont test positive for mono, it has been pn high side for over a year? Is this worrisome

Why would my epstein barr virus continue to be high. Dont test positive for mono, it has been pn high side for over a year? Is this worrisome

EBV: If you mean your antibody titers are high this is not uncommon and may stay that way for lifetime. It also depends upon which component of the EBV the antibodies are forming to, and also whether these are IgG or IgM antibodies. These tests are not easy to interpret and in the absent of symptoms would not worry about them. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Epstein Barr Virus (Definition)

The epstein–barr virus (ebv) is a virus in the herpesvirus family and is one of the most common viruses in humans. Ebv is best known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis, and infection with ebv occurs by the oral transfer of saliva and/or genital secretions, hence the moniker "the kissing disease". In the us, about 90 to 95 percent of all adults have ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of an epstein barr infection?

Glandular fever: Ebv causes, especially in young adults, an illness with fever, sore throat, swollen neck lymph glands, fatigue and an enlarged spleen. ...Read more

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What is epstein barr virus symptoms usually?

What is epstein barr virus symptoms usually?

Glandular fever: Or mononucleosis as it is more properly called is the most common presentation for ebv when it causes symptoms. Fever, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, enlarged liver and spleen with loss of appetite and fatigue are common. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of epstein barr virus?

What are the symptoms of epstein barr virus?

Glandular fever: Ebv causes, especially in young adults, an illness with fever, sore throat, swollen neck lymph glands, fatigue and an enlarged spleen. ...Read more

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I read that a person can have an asymptomatic Epstein Barr virus . In periods of sleep deprivation/lower immunue function it could reactivate without you knowing. What kind of lab test could tell you if that is happening?

If concerned: An EBV titer can readily be obtained, and results can indicate recent or prior contact. Since a vast majority of people are positive, you may wish to have a discussion with your doctor about your particulars. ...Read more

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If you've been diagnosed with epstein barr virus by your doctor, what symptoms can you expect?

Mono, fatigue: Usually gets better on its own, but not until days or weeks of swollen glands, severe fatigue, muscle aches and fevers. Epstein barr virus infection is one form of "mononucleosis" or "mono". (cmv is the other cause). Sometimes there is a rash. Most people feel fatigue. ...Read more

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Can epstein-barr virus (ebv) turn into a deadly disease, and what are the symptoms, treatments, and causes?

Can epstein-barr virus (ebv) turn into a deadly disease, and what are the symptoms, treatments, and causes?

It can rarely.: Almost everyone gets infected with ebv and almost everyone recovers. During acute infection, complications include low platelets, potential airway obstruction and spontaneous or trauma-related ruptured spleen. The virus stays dormant after one recovers and can be associated with lymphomas in very immunosuppressed hosts. ...Read more

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Positive test to epstein barr 3 yrs go. Had 'post viral syndrome' since. Symptoms: ongoing flu and malaise. Elevated rf, liver enzymes. What can I do?

Positive test to epstein barr 3 yrs go. Had 'post viral syndrome' since. Symptoms: ongoing flu and malaise. Elevated rf, liver enzymes. What can I do?

See specialists...: A rheumatologist and an infectious disease specialist can evaluate to see if more can be done to decrease symptoms. A hepatologist (liver specialist) can help if there is ongoing liver damage. An immunologist (specialist in immune system disorders) may have some helpful ideas also. ...Read more

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Do you think a body is able to do any nightly repair with only 4-5 hours of sleep? Read that Epstein Barr virus can induce cancer. Would a person have to show symptoms of E. Barr or could it be silent and immune system not catch it /still do harm?

Do you think a body is able to do any nightly repair with only 4-5 hours of sleep?  Read that Epstein Barr virus can induce cancer.  Would a person have to show symptoms of E. Barr or could it be silent and immune system not catch it /still do harm?

Stop worrying: I will leave the question about sleep to others or your own observations. Most people have met Epsrein-Barr and do not have symptoms. It produces a few very rare cancers in healthy folks and some of the distinct quasi-cancers in the immuncompromised. There is a huge amount of scare / rubbish stuff about it online. There is nothing you can do about it, so get on with your life and try to be happy. ...Read more

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