Glandular Fever also know as infectious mononucleosis or 'kissing disease' is a viral infection, typically affecting teenagers. It is caused by the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). EBV is a virus from the herpes family and is one of the most common human viruses, with most people being affected during their lifetime.
The initial symptoms of glandular fever are very similar to the flu, with a sore throat, fever, muscle pains, headache and severe fatigue. Other symptoms include, sweating, stomach pain and an enlargement of the spleen. Swollen and sore lymph nodes are common in the throat, armpits and groin and the liver may be enlarged with jaundice. The symptoms of glandular fever last for 1-2 months, with those affected remaining depressed and debilitated for many months after.
Diagnosis of glandular fever is usually confirmed by the symptoms, blood samples and a throat swab. Blood results will show an elevated white blood cell count and increased percentage of certain atypical white blood cells. As glandular fever is a viral infection, the GP is unable to offer a specific treatment, but paracetamol and ibuprofen are recommended to ease symptoms.
So why does the Epstein Barr Virus affect teenagers so severely?
Teenagers and young adults are under a lot of pressure in their environment. Teenagers are sensitive about everything, their looks, their friendships and this can lead to low self-confidence and low self-esteem. There is also a lot of stress around exams, driving test nerves, going to college, late nights and hangovers all weaken the immune system.
Scientist are not certain on how Glandular Fever is transmitted, it is assumed through saliva. Beauchamps theory suggested that the Epstein Barr Virus is present in our bodies and that a person becomes susceptible when the immune system is weakened.
Some useful Homeopathic remedies for the Treatment of Glandular Fever:
These individuals can feel under immense pressure to succeed and however much they do succeed they feel it is never enough. They are perfectionist, with a tidy bedroom. They are passionate about life and love to dance. Carcinosin is useful for the post-viral fatigue stage following Glandular Fever.
A teenager needing Merc Sol may feel very detached from his peer group, find it hard to make friendships, feel lonely and desolate. The presenting symptom will be a very sore throat with excessive salivation, extreme perspiration and fluctuations in temperature. Merc Sol is a useful remedy for acute stage of glandular fever.
The homeopathic treatment of glandular fever involves treating constitutionally, that is finding the unique remedy to the individual which stimulates the immune system to recover. The initial consultation is 1.5 hours and follow ups are monthly.
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Natasha Burns LSHC RsHom, is a qualified and registered Homeopath, based in Cornwall, UK. Natasha sees patients at her clinics in Redruth, Stithians, Falmouth or Worldwide via video chat.