If you’re recovering normally from EBV/mono, you should feel better within four to six weeks. If your symptoms last longer, or you start noticing other symptoms like sharp pains in your abdomen, ongoing loss of appetite, severe dehydration, and fever, then always talk to your doctor.
Because mono may cause your spleen to enlarge, look for warning signs that this is happening. Head to the emergency room if you experience sudden, very sharp pains on the left side of your torso, which may mean that your spleen is in danger.
Key Points about Epstein Barr Virus
- Epstein Barr virus (EBV) is a common virus in the herpes virus family that affects up to 90 percent of the population before the age of 20.
- Not everyone will develop EBV symptoms. When they do occur, Epstein Barr virus symptoms can include: fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, sore throat, swollen glands, skin rash, and swollen liver and spleen.
- EBV causes the common illness called mono (mononucleosis), and has also recently been linked to certain serious diseases, most of which are autoimmune in nature. These include: lupus, MS, arthritis, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. EBV may also contribute to certain types of cancers.
- There is no vaccine for Epstein Barr virus and no cure once someone is infected. Treatment involves supporting your immune system while you recover over a four to six week period.
5 Natural Ways to Support Your Immune System While You Recover from EBV
- Staying hydrated
- Controlling a fever with natural remedies
- Treating a skin rash
- Easing sore throat pain