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Epstein In Children
...: Epstein-barr virus is one of the most common human viruses and is the cause of infectious mononucleosis (aka "mono"). Symptoms of mono include fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. The spleen can also become swollen because of the infection. There is no specific treatment other than supportive care for the symptoms. ...Read more
Yes, it's "Mono": Epstein barr is the virus that causes mononucleosis and is transmitted via contact with saliva of an infected person. Mono symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen lymph glands. Some doctors treat mono symptoms with steroids. Complications include liver and spleen swelling. Epstein barr can also cause certain rare types of cancer. 95% of adults over 35 have epstein barr virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My roommate just informed me that she has chronic Epstein Barr...I cook for the household and at times she taste test the food. Am I at risk?
Not likely: Epstein Barr (EBV) is one of the most common human viruses in the world. It spreads primarily through saliva & most people are infected in infancy but will not have any symptoms. Some sources report that in the US, 95% of all adults will be infected by age 40. So in all likelihood you (and I) are already infected. For most people their healthy immune system will prevent any symptoms developing. ...Read more
If one has epstein bar for ten years, can it be passed to spouse? Can it be harmful, esp is spouse has ms? My understanding is that ep is incurable.
Yes, but...: It probably doesn't matter. If one is married and enjoying life, and has epstein barr virus (which many adults have inside their bodies), she can keep on enjoying life and not change anything. The spouse may already have ebv (blood test can show that), but if he doesn't, nobody knows if or when he'll catch it from his wife. If he catches it, then he's just like all the other people who've had ebv. ...Read more
Barr is the name of: a person. "The virus was first discovered in 1964 when Sir Michael Anthony Epstein and Ms. Yvonne Barr found it in a Burkitt lymphoma cell line." REF: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/epstein-barr_virus_infection/article_em.htm *** It causes mononucleosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: But unlikely. It is not clear how the diagnosis of ebv infection was established, since it it not commonly seen in adults of your age and the serologies are often misinterpreted. Without seeing these lesions would suggest that you have a dermatologist see these. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer