Mono – Epstein Barr Virus “The Kissing Disease”

A lot of patients come to me with the primary concern of fatigue, so I want to share some information with you about one of the main infections that can cause fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, also known as Mono or the kissing disease. Most of us have heard of mono, but don’t know much about it or think of it as a teenage illness.

What is Mono – Epstein Barr Virus?

Mono, or Epstein Barr Virus, is in the herpes family and it is contracted from saliva.  It has been blamed for lots of health issues, mostly because all herpes viruses stay in your body forever.  It has even been thought to trigger autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease. While we don’t have 100% proof, the evidence makes it really interesting as a trigger for other conditions.  One of those conditions being Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a fairly complicated and controversial condition.  We can’t agree on a cause. There are theories that a viral trigger contributes to this syndrome. EBV is the virus that is most suspected as the cause.  

What are Symptoms of Mono – Epstein Barr Virus?

The symptoms of Mono, or EBV, can show up just like the flu. This makes it harder to diagnose.

The symptoms may include:

  • swollen tonsils
  • a headache
  • swollen lymph glands in your neck and armpits
  • a fever
  • fatigue
  • muscle weakness
  • night sweats

Very rarely there may be swelling of the spleen or liver. If your symptoms don’t improve within a couple of weeks you need to visit your primary care physician to see what is the best course of action for your health and to rule out anything else.

How long do symptoms last?

Symptoms generally last for 2 – 4 weeks.  It is not uncommon to have a symptom for 2 months. Some people will experience symptoms for 6 months or even more. It is one of those things that you might not even know is affecting you.  

We also don’t know exactly how long a person is contagious for. Some people speculate that you can spread this virus up to 18 months after symptoms are gone. This common condition can be tricky for doctors to diagnosis because the main symptoms can come and go, but the fatigue can last for months to come.  

I have been testing patients regularly for infections since I started seeing patients in 2000 as a student.  I am honestly shocked at the number of patients that have been to doctor after doctor and not diagnosed with EBV.  If you are suffering from fatigue it could be either triggered or caused by EBV. Finding out and treating them is key to living a quality and quantity life!

Treating EBV is not the same in each person.  In our clinic we design an individualized plan they may contain some or all of the following:

  1. Individualized diet for your immune system.
  2. Nutritional Supplements and Herbal Combinations to kill viral loads.
  3. IV Nutritional therapy to increase immunity and potentiate viral death.
  4. Our doctors will sometimes prescribe medication to assist you to get back to the road to health.  As much as we like to “Do It Naturally” Sometimes a boost with drugs helps the process along.

Health care is not a one size fits all deal.  You deserve a strategy designed just for you.  A plan that takes into consideration your previous health conditions along with your current concerns.

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