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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Epstein Barr Virus (Overview)

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 evidence of previous infection.


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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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
251 Doctors shared insights

Epstein Barr Virus (Overview)

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 evidence of previous infection.


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

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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When diagnosing epstein barr virus & mono, are they two different blood tests taken when determining the proper diagnoses?

Mono syndromes: 80% of mono is thought due to EB virus and various screening tests can point to that diagnosis. A simple CBC can show a predominance of "monocytes" among the white cells. A screening monospot can be positive. To be sure it is an acute EB virus related infection specific EB virus antibodies can be ordered that differentiate EB from a half dozen other possibilities. It is seldom necessary for treatm ...Read more

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What causes the epstein barr virus?

Is a virus: The epstein barr virus is a virus, a living very small organism capable of producing different diseases. ...Read more

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How does somebody get treated for epstein barr virus?

How does somebody get treated for epstein barr virus?

TREATMENT OR EB VIRU: The disease is self limiting and notreatment is neccesary, except bed rest in acute infections and oral fluids.
If there is a co existing infection than treat with appropriate antibiotics. In severe cases some times we use oral corticosteroids, which reduce some symptoms and swelling
precutions for few months to avoid contact sport and activities to prevent rupture of spleen. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for epstein barr virus?

Supportive only: There is no cure to an ebv infection. Supportive management to get you through the infection, is really all we can give someone- this will provide hydration, pain, and fever control.

The potential consequence to ebv- burkitt's lymphoma, is rare and requires chemotherapy. ...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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Why would my epstein barr virus continue to be high. Don't 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

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What causes the epstein barr virus?

Is a virus: The epstein barr virus is a virus, a living very small organism capable of producing different diseases. ...Read more

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Why do drs do epstein barr virus test?

State of infection: The tests can say if a person is susceptible to ebv, if an ebv infection is ongoing or if an acute infection occurred in the past. ...Read more

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How long could epstein barr virus last?

How long could epstein barr virus last?

Variable: The symptoms of ebv in mononucleosis last anywhere from days to weeks and months
average is about 4 weeks, but some get better in a week and others last for months. It depends on a persons immune system. ...Read more

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What exactly is epstein-barr virus (ebv)?

What exactly is epstein-barr virus (ebv)?

Cause of mono: Ebv is one of 8 human herpes viruses and is the classical cause of infectious mononucleosis (glandular fever). Once infected, an individual will asymptomatically have the virus in saliva intermittently and can transmit it to others not yet infected. Not everyone who get infected have symptoms. ...Read more

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How should I deal with epstein barr virus?

Epstein barr virus: If you have symptoms of an active infection, do not share your eating utensils, drinks and drinking glasses or cups. Be sure to wash utensils and glasses thoroughly. Kissing can spread eb virus, since the virus can be spread in saliva. If your doctor tells you your spleen is enlarged due to the infection, avoid contact sports or activities where an abdominal injury my occur. ...Read more

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What is epstein barr virus? What cause it?

What is epstein barr virus? What cause it?

Kissing: Epstein barr virus the cause of mononucleosis is spread by kissing. Once you are infected you shead virus in your saliva for 18 months, long after you've recovered. ...Read more

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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?

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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How do you get tested for the epstein barr virus?

Epstein barr virus: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Antibody Test or mononuclear spot test or monospot test. ...Read more

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How does somebody get treated for epstein barr virus?

TREATMENT OR EB VIRU: The disease is self limiting and notreatment is neccesary, except bed rest in acute infections and oral fluids.
If there is a co existing infection than treat with appropriate antibiotics. In severe cases some times we use oral corticosteroids, which reduce some symptoms and swelling
precutions for few months to avoid contact sport and activities to prevent rupture of spleen. ...Read more

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Can you please define epstein barr virus in simple words?

Virus of Herpes fami: It ia a virus of the herpes family also called hepes virus 4 (hhv-4) and happens to be one of the most common virus in humans
it causes
infectious mononucleosis
hodgkins lymphoma and other cancers like burkitts lymphoma. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: epstein barr virus?

A human virus.: 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 evidence of previous infection. ...Read more

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Does epstein barr virus persist for a long time in your body?

E B Virus: Most people get infected with eb virus and develop adaptive immunity. In us 50% of five year children and 90 to 95% of adults have evidence of previous infection. That will show with IgG antibodies in the blood. ...Read more

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If you are a carrier of epstein barr virus, can you still transmit the disease?

Yes: Although we are not absolutely certain of all the routes of transmission, ebv is a herpes virus, and as such, once you have it, it is with you for life. Some people shed the virus in respiratory secretions and other body fluids and can transmit it through intimate contact. Infectious mononucleosis has been called "the kissing disease". ...Read more

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Epstein barr virus related to other diseases besides mono?

Epstein barr virus related to other diseases besides mono?

E B Virus: Yes it causes mono and, it is also assciated with a particular cancer hodgkin lymphoma, burkitts lymphoma, nasopharyngeal lymphoma and central nervous system lymphomas associated with hiv.There is some evidence that this virus is also associated with higher risk of auto immune diseases like dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rhematoid arthritis and sjogrens syndrome and multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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Are epstein-barr virus and fibromyalgia connected in any way and how?

Are epstein-barr virus and fibromyalgia connected in any way and how?

They are not related: There is no evidence that epstein-barr virus (ebv) causes fibromyalgia (fms). Yet, many "experts" claim to find a connection. As fms is a painful condition that truly affects people's lives, others try to exploit fms patients and sell them bogus treatments and unecessary tests (eg., ebv testing). For fms, exercise helps. Weight loss (if overweight) helps. Dietary changes and medications can help. ...Read more

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Is there a link between the epstein-barr virus and any type of leukemia?

EBV and burkitts: Endemic burkitts lymphoma is associated with epstein-barr virus (ebv). Burkitts lymphoma can transform to more agreesive form of burkitts leukemia. ...Read more

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What are the short term and long term effects of the Epstein-Barr Virus?

Sometimes nothing: You can be asymptomatic with Epstein-Barr virus. Sometimes this had been associated with chronic fatigue. But it's not definite as all of us at one time or another are infected with Epstein-Barr virus. Epstein Barr Virus is sometimes is associated with more severe medical conditions. You need to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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