What is Mononucleosis?

Although mononucleosis once gained fame as the "kissing disease" of teenagers, the Epstein-Barr virus that causes the disease knows no age limits. In my general practice, we have seen the illness in young children and in adults as old as 56 years, but the average age of occurence for mononucleosis is 10 to 35 years. The EpsteinBarr virus, a member of the herpes virus family (human herpes virus type 4), spreads from one person to the next through saliva contact—-hence the easy route of spread by kissing in teenagers. The symptoms typically include headache, sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue that may be extreme, and, sometimes, a measles-like red rash.

MononucleosisOnce you become infected, a fierce battle ensues between the virus and your immune system that can last for weeks or months. The energy required to wage this war leaves you drained and exhausted and in poor shape to withstand assault by other infections. In the throes of battling mononucleosis, people become vulnerable to strep throat, bronchitis, sinus infections, and urinary tract infections. Because there are as yet no specific medications that can kill the Epstein-Barr virus, the job of healing you falls completely on your beleaguered immune system, and therefore, your best medicine is to do everything you can nutritionally to support it.

What helps Mononucleosis?

• See Immune System Health.

Mononucleosis Herbal remedies

• See Immune System Health.

What makes Mononucleosis worse?

• See Immune System Health.



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