Glandular Fever

Glandular FeverWhat is Glandular Fever?

Glandular fever is a viral infection that is caused by the EBV or Epstein Barr virus.


This usually occurs in younger people between 15 and 25 years old. The virus often strikes the body when the immune system is still developing.


When a person is infected, his body develops antibodies in order to fight the virus. The development of the antibodies creates a lifelong immunity, making the person immune to another bout of glandular fever.

Rarely will you find a person who has suffered twice from glandular fever.


What Causes Glandular Fever?

Glandular fever is primarily caused by Epstein Barr or EBV virus. Persons get contaminated through saliva contact, which is also why the ailment was nicknamed as the ‘kissing virus’. One may contaminate another by kissing, sneezing or coughing. Contamination can also happen when a person shares cutlery and crockery with an infected person.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Glandular Fever

Although glandular fever is not life threatening, you should still watch out for the symptoms of glandular fever. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Severe sore throat
  • Swollen glands found in the neck
  • Feeling overwhelmingly exhausted
  • May initially appear as ‘flu’

Symptoms of glandular fever could last for several months. This ailment could affect the liver and it could lead to the development of mild hepatitis.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Glandular Fever

Some would suggest the use antibiotics in order to treat glandular fever, which is highly inappropriate. A viral infection must not be treated by antibiotics because there are certain strengths of antibiotics that could worsen the illness.

Helpful Hints

  • Bed rest. You need to rest in order to make any treatment effective. One common problem faced by those suffering from glandular fever is the need to study late at night and become stressed. There is a better chance for you to recover faster if you rest well.
  • Good nutrition. You also have to make sure that you eat only appropriate healthy foods, so that you may be able to fight off the infection.
  • Return to life gradually. Try not to do strenuous activities at once after getting well as this might lead to a relapse.

Diet for Glandular Fever

Some foods you have to avoid are:

  • Pre-packaged meals. These foods do not help in cleaning up your system. They are often full of preservatives and do not have enough nutritional value.
  • Hamburgers. These may be everyone’s favorite but they do not contribute in treating the body from glandular fever and could even worsen a patient’s condition.
  • Sugary foods. Sugar has never been welcomed by the body whenever it is suffering from ailments. Sugar decreases the capacity of the immune system to battle infections and other invaders of the body.
  • Fizzy drinks and colas. These contain high levels of sugar, which is not good for anybody suffering from glandular fever.
  • Cakes, chocolates, white bread, croissants and pastries must be avoided too.
  • Sausage pies and other instant foods. These have to be avoided for the first few weeks of the ailment.
  • Cow’s milk and wheat. These foods are known to cause intolerance and must be avoided.
  • Caffeine should be avoided too, along with alcohol. These are stimulants that could give the body energy temporarily but are known to reduce energy in the long run.

Some foods that could benefit you are:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating plenty of these foods could help boost your immune system. These are rich in carotenes and magnesium. You can eat parsley, spring greens, kale, cabbage, sweet potatoes, broccoli, dried apricots, and all other orange fruits.
  • Mixing carrots, tomatoes, green pepper, raw beetroot and some spices like garlic and onion in a juicer would be ideal too.
  • Fruit juices. Go for lemon, banana, kiwi, orange and pineapple.
  • Quality high-protein foods. Chicken, beans, fresh fish and free-range eggs. These foods could give the right support to your immune system.
  • Wholemeal breads, low sugar cereals and brown rice.
  • Live unsweetened yoghurt could help replenish good bacteria in the gut.
  • Liquorice. Drinking this could strengthen your adrenal glands.
  • Parsley must be included in the diet too as it is highly nutritious.
  • Coriander also has high level of nutrients.
  • Drink a minimum of 6 glasses of water each day.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Glandular Fever

  • Vitamin C (5-6g daily). This must be taken in the said dosage while the symptoms of the ailment are acute. It must be taken with food. After a few weeks, this should be reduced to 1g per day. Vitamin C is both anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
  • Multivitamins and mineral. The body gets depleted from magnesium, zinc and calcium whenever it is fighting infections.
  • Vitamin A (25,000iu). This helps in fighting infections and could be taken for a month. If you are pregnant, just take around (3,000iu).
  • Echinacea, goldenseal, golden rod and astragalus. These herbs are considered as antiviral and could greatly help treat the ailment. You can take 3g of any of these herbs daily.
  • Take some probiotic capsules for 1 month if in case you ended up taking antibiotics.


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