Glandular fever

Glandular fever

Glandular fever, also known as infectious mononucleosis, or “mono”, is an infection that is most common among teenagers. The disease is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and is found in the saliva so can be passed on by kissing, through coughs and sneezes, and by sharing cooking utensils with someone who has the virus.

Symptoms of glandular fever include a fever, a very sore throat, exhaustion and swollen neck glands and usually pass within three weeks, although the fatigue may last several months.

While the condition cannot be treated, you should contact your GP who can then help manage the symptoms and help prevent the virus from being passed on. You should contact your hospital’s emergency department if you have glandular fever and you develop difficulties breathing, find swallowing fluids to be difficult, or develop severe abdominal pain, as these can all be signs of complications.

Although there is no cure, sufferers should drink plenty of fluids, rest as much as possible, and take over the counter painkillers.

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