Epstein-Barr virus, which is frequently referred to as EBV, is a member of the herpesvirus family and one of the most common human viruses. Most people become infected with EBV sometime during their lives, occurring worldwide.
In the US, as many as 95% of adults between 35 and 40 years of age have been infected.
Children may also become infected with EBV, and these infections usually cause no symptoms or are indistinguishable from other mild, brief illnesses of childhood. In the US and in other developed countries, people may not become infected with EBV until adulthood. When infection with EBV occurs during adolescence or young adulthood, it causes infectious mononucleosis in up to 50% of cases.
Symptoms of infectious mononucleosis include:
Swollen lymph nodes
In severe cases symptoms may also include:
There are no known links between active EBV infection and problems during pregnancy involving miscarriages or birth defects.
Although the symptoms of infectious mononucleosis usually resolve in 1 or 2 months, the EBV remains dormant in cells in the throat and blood for the rest of the person’s life, and can later be triggered. Periodically, the virus can reactivate and is commonly found in the saliva of infected persons. This reactivation usually occurs without any signs or symptoms of illness. In rare cases, the dormant virus has been found in the cases of some cancers, though it is not thought to be the cause of the disease.
Most individuals exposed to people with infectious mononucleosis have previously been infected with EBV and are not at risk. Transmission of EBV requires intimate contact with the saliva of an infected person. Transmission of this virus through the air or blood does not commonly occur. The incubation period, or the time from infection to appearance of symptoms, ranges from 4-6 weeks. Those with infectious mononucleosis may be able to spread the infection to others for a period of weeks, though this is often difficult to determine as the virus is frequently found in healthy people as well. Many healthy people can carry and spread the virus intermittently, and this is generally how the virus is spread. For this reason, transmission of the virus is almost impossible to prevent.
Symptoms related to infectious mononucleosis caused by EBV seldom last for more than 4 months. When such an illness lasts more than 6 months, it is then determined to be chronic EBV infection. Another possibility for diagnosis would be CFS, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hypoglycemia may also be a trigger for these symptoms, as well as for flare-ups of this condition.
Essential oils for Epstein-Barr Virus:
Additionally, blend the following in a vegetable capsule:
Take capsule 3 times daily with meals for 14 days.