What Is Glandular Fever?

Q:
What is glandular fever?

A:
Glandular fever, or infectious mononucleosis, is a common infection among teenagers, young adults, and college students. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes and glands, and sometimes hepatitis.

It is normally caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) a highly contagious herpes virus. EBV is thought to be present in 90 to 95 percent of people worldwide, but it does not always cause symptoms, and it does not always lead to glandular fever.

Symptoms commonly include:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above
  • a skin rash that is a widespread, red, and does not itch
  • flu-like symptoms, including body aches and a headache
  • liver pain and jaundice
  • nausea and loss of appetite
  • malaise, fatigue, tiredness, and weakness
  • sore throat
  • swelling and puffiness around the eyes
  • swelling in the lymph glands
  • swollen spleen, leading to pain in the upper abdomen

The fever usually lasts for 10 to 14 days, but fatigue may persist for several months. Most people make a full recovery.

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