Not so common but a painful and hurting type of fever, Glandular Fever, is a viral illness that usually affects young adults. Glandular Fever is a type of viral infection, also known as infectious mononucleosis, or mono. The fever is a very complex one and is hard to diagnose. Because it is a kind of viral infection, so there is still a chance of getting infected again. It usually affects teenagers, non-adults, and adults. Studies have shown that this disease is caused due to a virus named Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Epstein-Bar Virus is a highly contagious Herpes virus and it quickly affects the human body. This highly contagious virus can spread from person to person. Several types of researches have shown that 90 to 95 percent of people worldwide, but it does not always lead to Glandular Fever.
Generally, Glandular Fever does not require any specific treatment and it gets cured on its own. However, the fatigue that was resulted due to it may last for a few weeks or months. Excluding the Epstein-Barr Virus, the fever can also be caused due to German Measles, Rubella, and Cytomegalovirus. A few more detail about Glandular Fever is provided below.
Symptoms of Glandular Fever
Glandular Fever has an incubation of 4 to 6 weeks. It means it takes 4 to 6 weeks to spread its virus in other parts of the body from the start. After this gap, the symptoms start to appear in the victim’s body. And these symptoms, especially the fatigue, can last long for several weeks. Some commonly appeared symptoms are listed below:
- Flue-Like Symptoms that include body aches and headache.
- A temperature of 38 Degrees Celsius or above.
- A skin rash that is whispered, red, and does not itch.
- Nausea and loss of appetite.
- Malaise, Fatigue, Tiredeness, and Weakness.
- Swelling in the Lymph Nodes
- Swollen Spleen, leading to pain in the upper abdominal.
- Liver pain and jaundice.
Diagnosis and treatment
If the symptoms are visible, then there is no need for any diagnosing process. All you need to tell your doctor about your symptoms. However, if the symptoms don’t prove to be enough, the doctor might go through a physical examination. For confirmation, a simple blood test named as mono spot test is required. This blood test may not detect the infection during the last week of the illness. If required, a Full Blood Count (FBC) might also be performed. Because this will help to count white cells.
As described earlier, Glandular Fever does not require any specific treatment and goes away on its own. However, to prevent the symptoms, you must take care of your health. Getting plenty of rest and keeping up your fluid intake is important for a quick recovery. For relieve of sore throat, Gargling with salt water is a good choice. Try to drink fluids as much as you can because it will help to prevent dehydration. Just keep yourself healthy and fit and you will soon get recover.