How to Live with Epstein Barr Virus

How to Survive this Sometimes Misdiagnosed Disease 

Epstein Barr Virus commonly referred to as mono is misdiagnosed as the flu quite often. The patient become weaker and weaker, not knowing he is infected.

Knowing exactly what Epstein Barr Virus is, may prevent much heartache. It can be detected by a simple blood test, but many doctors are not aware of the signs and symptoms. As the first signs of Epstein Barr Virus is chronic fatigue, body aches and general malaise, it is often diagnosed as a simple cold or flu.

  Definition of Esptein Barr Virus

Epstein Barr is a virus that in turn causes infectious mononucleosis (mono - the kissing disease). People who have Epstein Barr Virus are carriers of the virus which can lead to lymphoma and carcinoma cancers. Epstein Barr Virus is also linked to being a lead cause of Multiple Sclerosis. In a study of 100 people with Multiple Sclerosis, one hundred percent of them had the Epstein Barr Virus.

Epstein Barr Virus is referred to in many ways such as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" (which is chronic Epstein Barr Virus or in other words the virus in the later stages), mono or infectious mononucleosis. When a person first gets Epstein Barr Virus it is called acute Epstein Barr Virus and after the initial stage,it becomes chronic Epstein Barr Virus.

Causes of Epstein Barr Virus

Epstein Barr, a contagious viral disease is an auto-immune disease that actually attacks the lymph nodes in the neck and throat. That is why some of your first symptoms will be a sore throat. Anyone with Epstein Barr Virus will have a hard time fighting off illness. So when the person with the disease gets the cold, it takes him longer to recover. Some say 3-4 times longer.

Mono is a direct cause of the Epstein Barr Virus. Sometimes it take years for a person to show actual signs of the virus and by the time it is diagnosed, it is in the later stages. Mono is spread by contact and thus called the "kissing disease." Some doctors feel the disease is over after the initial stages, but most state it is only dormant. Some doctors feel that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is caused by chronic Epstein Barr.

As mono spreads by contact, the person should not share tooth brushes, glasses, plates or silverware. All bed linen should be cleaned often and of course one should avoid kissing. The incubation period of adults is usually between 30-50 days. After that it becomes chronic Epstein Barr Virus and the symptoms subside but never die. You must continuously watch your diet and take vitamins for strength.

People with Epstein Barr Virus suffer from depression and insomnia, so it is very important to be under a doctor's care. Taking yearly or every other year blood tests will inform the patient if the virus is still present. Many are showing signs of improvement with natural remedies of olive leaf.

Symptoms of Epstein Barr Virus


  • Sore throat is first sign - look for it to last a week or more.
  • Fever.
  • Constant fatigue and very weak.
  • Sore aching body and muscles.
  • Swollen lymph glands.
These symptoms can be light or very severe. Some have severe nausea and vomiting and the inability to get out of bed. Complete bed rest is imperative. Deal with the depression and the insomnia either through a doctor's care or through natural methods.

Natural Remedies for Depression 


  • Ginger and black seed mixed together (fresh ginger and Nigella Sativa)
  • Anise tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • St. John's Wort


 Diet Suggestions for Epstein Barr Virus

This is a very good diet with some valid suggestions; Epstein Barr Virus Diet.
Epstein Barr Virus is something to be aware of and correct as soon as possible because of its possible connection with other diseases in the future. The connection with Cancer and MS is documented after having the disease for 15 years or more. It is imperative to be under a doctor's care or a herbalist who knows the disease.


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