Epstein-Barr virus causes the mononucleosis disease or more popularly known as kissing disease. The reason behind the name is its ability to be transferred from one individual to the other through kissing. However, you can be infected with this virus and be a carrier without getting sick.
The symptoms of Epstein – Barr virus or EPV will start 4 to 6 weeks from the time you were exposed. If young children are affected, symptoms can be mild and sometimes almost the same with a cold or flu symptoms. Teenagers or adults have more obvious signs of mononucleosis. These are:
- lack of appetite
- swollen glands
- sore throat
- sore muscles and weakness
The EB virus is found in the saliva. Therefore kissing someone who is infected will make you catch it too. Also, you can be infected with mono when drinking from the same glass or using an infected person’s toothbrush. The virus can also be found in the blood and semen making it possible to be infected with mono from sex, organ transplantations or blood transfusion.
Again, you can be a carrier of the virus and can infect another person without you getting sick at all. If you do get infected, the virus stays in your body after you are healed. It will also become active months or years later. It can reactivate quietly without you getting sick or experiencing any symptoms for this matter.
The treatment for mononucleosis will focus on the management and relief of the symptoms. By drinking lots of fluid to stay hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and taking over- the- counter medications as needed for fever and pain are some of the steps you can do at home.
If you think you are suffering from Epstein – Barr Virus you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Epstein – Barr Virus as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).