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Newly diagnosed with chronic epstein barr virus (ebv) I've been having low grade fevers. Is this what's causing then?

Newly diagnosed with chronic epstein barr virus (ebv) I've been having low grade fevers. Is this what's causing then?

Diagnosis?: In most cases, what is called chronic ebv infection is really chronic fatigue syndrome, a relapsing illness found mostly in young adults, especially women, that is triggered by a number of infections but not due to them. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Is chronic fatigue syndrome caused by the epstein - barr virus?

Is chronic fatigue syndrome caused by the epstein - barr virus?

It can be: Chronic ebv syndrome was characterized by chronic fatigue. However, there are several systems & chronic infections etc that can lead to the symptoms of chronic fatigue which frequently is accompanied by fibromyalgia & myfascial pain syndromes. ...Read more

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In the past I've had chicken pox & mono which both have the epstein barr virus what are the chances of having chronic fatigue syndrome?

Same as anyone: Almost everyone has ebv infection at some point in their lives. And chicken pox is caused by varicella virus, not ebv. So just because you have had both of these infections does not make you any more likely than anyone else in the general population to develop cfs. More likely you would have other predispositions to the illness. But the answer to your question is your risk is same as all people. ...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 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 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 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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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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Is it true that there is a connection between epstein-barr virus and fibromyalgia?

Is it true that there is a connection between epstein-barr virus and fibromyalgia?

No: 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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Might individuals contract MS even if they don't have the "epstein barr virus hhv4" or the "hhv 6"?

Might individuals contract MS even if they don't have the "epstein barr virus hhv4" or the "hhv 6"?

Yes: The most frequent viral association is ebv in adults, about 99%, and several pts exist without any significant viral titers involving the "usual suspects". ...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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Following Epstein-Barr virus, how long does it take for gammaglobulin levels to return to normal range? Are levels typically affected by EBV?

Uncertain: Remember your Epstein- antibodies can be present for many years and1/2 life of gammaglobulins 21 days. In this setting it is going to be in your blood for a long duration of time. ...Read more

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How does cfs relate to the epstein-barr virus?

How does cfs relate to the epstein-barr virus?

No relation: Ebv mononucleosis can cause a prolonged period of fatigue in some patients. Chronic fatigue syndrome has been thoroughly studied and although the cause of most cases is not known it has been proven that ebv infection does not play a role in this syndrome. ...Read more

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