Glandular Fever / Kissing Disease / Mono / Pfeiffer's Disease
Mononucleosis, AKA mono or the kissing disease, has an interesting side note. By the time a person reaches the age of 30, there is a 96% chance that they have had mono in one way or another, whether felt as an overwhelming weakness or a mild malaise. Most people in the latter category don’t even realize that they had mono. Typical symptoms include
- Sore throat
- Swollen glands
Early childhood infections often cause no symptoms. People who are symptomatic generally feel ill for about two weeks, though only about four days of rest are required. Adolescence is when most cases appear, and as people usually dating at that age, it has become known as the "kissing disease.”
What Causes Mononucleosis?
Mono is caused by the EpsteinBarr virus (EBV) or the cytomegalovirus (CMV). It is most often transmitted from asymptomatic individuals through saliva or blood, by coughing or sneezing, or by sharing glasses, utensils, or needles. It is less contagious than commonly believed.
- EpsteinBarr virus (EBV), which invades the immune system’s own B cells, causes 85% of all mono cases.
- The other 15% are caused by cytomegalovirus, which, like EBV, is a herpes virus.
The common school of thought is once you’ve had mono, you can’t get it again. This is not entirely true. Once you catch EBV, you carry it for life in the epithelial lining of your nose and throat, though this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are immune from developing mono again. Additionally, since your body releases EBV every so often, there are times when you can infect others with it.
Treatments for Mononucleosis
It is important to know that if you have strep throat associated with mono, DO NOT take antibiotics for the strep. It can cause a nasty, red rash over your entire body.
- Mono responds to rest. Get several days of rest.
- Take high doses of vitamin C.
- Take enzymes.
- Get plenty of pure water (Carbon Activated Water is best).
- Try colloidal silver (be sure to use a reputable brand).
- Be sure to get plenty of good nutrition, so your body is well fortified to fight the infection. You can use Spirulina, Chlorella, maca, spinach, kale, and other nutrientrich foods.
Continued exposure to mono may lead to chronic fatigue syndrome. A simple rule: Know who you are kissing. If someone appears to have a cold or flu, hold off on the smooch until the person is well again. Some viruses are communicable when the person is most sick and other, nastier ones are still communicable post symptoms. Chronic fatigue syndrome is not something to mess with; it makes you feel like the walking wounded. So if you have mono and you get sleepy, do yourself a favor and take a nap. Note that occasionally this virus can cause an enlarged spleen and liver.