What Are the Symptoms of Glandular Fever?

Q:
What are the symptoms of glandular fever?

A:
Glandular fever is an infection caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). It is also called Infectious Mononucleosis and sometimes the ‘Kissing Disease’.

Symptoms of glandular fever include:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • swollen glands
  • abdominal pain and jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)

Symptoms most often occur in older children and young adults. When the infection occurs in young children, symptoms are mild or absent. Up to 50% of people infected have no symptoms of infection at all.

The illness can last between 1 and several weeks. Illness can be more severe in those who have lowered immunity and in some ethnic groups. Serious complications may occur many years after the initial infection.

Consult with your doctor if you develop a severe symptom.

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