Epstein-Barr, also known as the EBV virus, is a part of the herpes family and is a very common virus that affects several people around the world. Actually, every person is exposed to EBV at some point in their lives and it is estimated that 90 to 95 percent of adults have antibodies that show a current or past EBV infection. Anyone can get Epstein-Barr, but it is most often seen in children. Knowing the symptoms of Epstein-Barr can help you identify whether you have the virus or not more easily.
Epstein-Barr Virus Symptoms
Epstein-Barr is the virus that causes mononucleosis, also known as mono or the “kissing disease.” Epstein-Barr is very common, so much so that you have probably been infected without knowing it; many people carry the virus without getting sick. Once a person is infected with EBV, symptoms can take four to six weeks to show up, and when they do, they’re often mild. The symptoms of EBV include:
⦁ Lack of appetite
⦁ Sore throat
⦁ Weakness and sore muscles
⦁ Swollen glands in the neck
While a person should start to feel better within two to four weeks, the feeling of fatigue can stick around for a longer time, as long as two months.
How Epstein-Barr Spreads
The virus is found in the saliva, which is why a person can catch mono from kissing someone who is infected with EBV. You can also receive the virus from drinking out of the same glass or using a toothbrush from a person who is infected with the virus. It can also be found in blood and semen, making it possible to get mono from sex, an organ transplant or blood transfusion.
A person doesn’t have to be sick in order to pass on the virus to another person. The Epstein-Barr virus stays in your body long after recovering from being sick. Additionally, the virus can become active again months or years later.
How Epstein-Barr is Diagnosed
It can be difficult to tell whether a person has Epstein-Barr just by their symptoms alone. Since fever, fatigue and sore throat can be signs of other illnesses, such as the flu or cold, diagnosis can be mistaken. Other symptoms that separate Epstein-Barr from other illnesses are:
⦁ Enlarged spleen
⦁ Swollen liver
⦁ White patches on the tonsils
A blood test may also be necessary to check for antibodies. Antibodies are substances the immune system makes in response to the EBV virus. If antibodies are found, a person has Epstein-Barr or has had it previously. Once Epstein-Barr has been diagnosed, it often goes away on its own without treatment in a few weeks. Getting plenty of rest, drinking a lot of water, taking lozenges, and painkillers to bring down a fever will all help recover from the Epstein-Barr virus.
Learn More About Epstein-Barr at Angel Longevity
At Angel Longevity Center, we understand that Epstein-Barr can be difficult to diagnose, which is why we want the symptoms to be known to our patients. We want to ensure that our patients receive optimal levels of care and the latest therapies available in Functional Medicine. Our friendly staff is experienced in helping patients face and overcome a wide variety of health concerns by creating personalized wellness programs to address each patient’s specific needs. Patients who are experiencing a lot of fatigue for a prolonged period of time and aren’t sure if they have Epstein-Barr, please call our office at (818) 930-5706 to schedule your free wellness phone consultation with one of our chronic disease specialists.