Symptoms of glandular fever are thought to take around one to two months to develop after infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
Themost commonsymptoms of the condition are:
Glandular fever can also cause:
Some of these symptoms may develop a few days before the main symptomsmentioned above.
Most symptoms of glandular fever willusually resolve within two or three weeks.Your throat will normally feel mostsorefor three to five days after symptoms start before gradually improving, and your fever will usually last 10 to 14 days.
Fatigue is the most persistent symptom andoften lasts a few weeks, although some people may feel persistently fatigued for several months after the other symptoms have passed.
You should contact your GP if you suspect that you or your child has glandular fever.
While there is little your GP can do in terms of treatment other than provide advice and support, blood tests may be needed to rule out less common but more serious causes of your symptoms, such as hepatitis (a viral infection that affects the liver).
You should go to your local accident and emergency (A&E) department or dial 999 for an ambulanceif you have glandular fever and you:
If you have these symptoms, you may need to be looked after in hospital for a few days.
Glandular fever is a type of viral infection that mostly affects young adults. Common symptoms include fever, a sore throat and extreme tiredness (fatigue).
Symptoms of glandular fever are thought to take around one to two months to develop after infection with the Epstein-Barr virus.
Most cases of glandular fever are caused by the Epstein-Barr virus.
There is currently no cure for glandular fever, but the symptoms should pass within a few weeks and there are things you can do to help control your symptoms.
Most people with glandular fever will recover in two or three weeks and won't experience any further problems.