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Glandular Fever Infectious Mononucleosis
Rest & good nutrition: There is no special meds for mono. The treatment is supportive & situational. Those who play contact sports or ride horses or bicycles should not do so if they have an enlarged spleen (trauma can lead to rupture). Appropriate rest and proper nutrition should allow the body to heal as fast as possible. In adults, it can take weeks. ...Read more
Depends on immune sy: How long it takes mononucleosis or glandular period to go away depends on your immune system and varies from person to person. Some people feel better in days, some weeks and others it may take months.I will say if you have to take an average caase it may be4 to 6 weeks before all symptoms are gone but it is not the rule. ...Read more
If I have glandular fever and were to kiss someone in the next few days, is it likely they'd catch it, or is it no longer contagious?
Mononucleosis: Glandular fever, also called mono (short for mononucleosis), is caused by a virus. Although contagious, not all exposed develop the disease. Having said that, you still have to be careful of not kissing anybody, make sure you wash your hands a lot and not share your cups, drinks and utensils.. ...Read more
Mononucleosis: It is quite contagious. You are contageous when you are actively ill and can remain contagious for a number of months later. ...Read more
Tested positive to glandular fever likely got it 3 mths ago. How long would I still be contagious for? Would my kids & husband be ok?
Maybe lifetime: You may shed the Epstein-Barr virus in your saliva on and off for the rest of your life. No big deal. EBV doesn't seem to be harmful to kids. Hopefully you've been kissing your husband all along and he's met it too, so stop worrying. Go on through the rest of your life remembering that there's a lot that more important than avoiding the viruses that most people have anyway. ...Read more
Virus: It is a virus, called epstein barr, that causes a generalized infection of the body. It usually lasts for weeks to months. The spleen enlarges due to recycling of damaged red blood cells. That makes it dangerous to do contact sports during the illness. Almost 100% of those infected recover completely and are immune to the virus for life afterwards. It is spread through body fluids. ...Read more
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