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Dr. Martin Raff
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How long before the symptoms of glandular fever go away?

Dr. Martin Raff
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How long before the symptoms of glandular fever go away?

Highly variable: As a general rule 4-12 wks, but chronic long-term manifestations are well documented. This is ebv infectious mononucleosis. This herpes virus, like the others, sets up permanent residence in people who are infected, and can potentially produce several different malignancies, and recurrence of symptoms of mono are also reported, as is recurrence. ...Read more

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Glandular Fever (Definition)

Glandular fever is also known as Mono. Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis, or just "mono") is an illness caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. The infection may feature fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph ...Read more


Dr. Martin Raff
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Are symptoms of glandular fever the same thing as mono?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Are symptoms of glandular fever the same thing as mono?

Infectious Mono: Fever, sore throat, profound malaise and fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes, often in the posterior cervical chain, sometimes hepatitis and enlarged spleen with tenderness in left upper quadrant of abdomen. Also called glandular fever, kissing disease, ebv, etc. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of glandular fever?

Dr. Martin Raff
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What are the usual symptoms of glandular fever?

Infectious Mono: Fever, sore throat, profound malaise and fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes, often in the posterior cervical chain, sometimes hepatitis and enlarged spleen with tenderness in left upper quadrant of abdomen. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of glandular fever last for? Days? Weeks?

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How long do the symptoms of glandular fever last for?  Days?  Weeks?

Variable: There is no way to predict how long infectious mononucleosis symptoms will persist. In some people they are better in 4-6 wks and in others, months. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of glandular fever?

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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What are symptoms of glandular fever?

Several symptoms: The main symptoms of glandular fever (usually called infectious mononucleosis in North America, or just "mono") are sore throat, fever, fatigure, and enlarged/inflamed lymph nodes, especially in the neck but also often in armpits, groin, and other locations. Most symptoms last 2-3 weeks, but fatigue can last several weeks. GF/mono mostly occurs in children and young adults, uncommon after age 25. ...Read more

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I've got the symptoms of glandular fever, and i'm getting worse. Doctor says antibiotics don't help?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Correct: In fact, ampicillin, if given to patients with infectious mononucleosis, can produce a rash which will leave the person labeled as "allergic to penicillin" even if they are not. Antibiotics have no effect against ebv and can produce major complications. Listen to your doctor. They sound as if they are very good and know what they are doing. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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What are the first symptoms you get with glandular fever?

Dr. Martin Raff
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What are the first symptoms you get with glandular fever?

May be many: Sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, profound fatigue, loss of appetite are common. ...Read more

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Dr. Diane Minich
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How to tell difference between Common cold and Glandular fever symptoms ?

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How to tell difference between Common cold and Glandular fever  symptoms ?

Both are viral: cold usually have nasal congestion and glandular fever you don't ...Read more

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Dr. OLUKEMI WALLACE
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I am 23 and have glandular fever.The tiredness and symptoms are getting extremely bad now and keep getting worse please help. What should I do?

Dr. OLUKEMI WALLACE
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I am 23 and have glandular fever.The tiredness and symptoms are getting extremely bad now and keep getting worse please help. What should I do?

Adenopathies : Do you have multiple enlarged lymph nodes. Glandular fever is an old terminology. Please you need to see a doctor. You enlarged glands need to be evaluated. Fever with enlarged glands could represent something more serious. You should see a hematologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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Mono (Definition)

Mono or mononucleosis is a viral infection caused by Epstein Barr virus or CMV that presents with fever, enlarged tonsils, swollen neck ...Read more


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