Mononucleosis Relapse

The Major Cause Of A Mononucleosis Relapse

A case of mononucleosis is generally a one time event, but it is not all that uncommon to suffer a mononucleosis relapse. A mononucleosis relapse is not to be confused with a recurrent case of mononucleosis at a much later date, an event which although possible is rather rare.

Mononucleosis is a viral disease or infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Most everyone is exposed to this virus at one time or another, and it is believed that the vast majority of the human population carry this virus, though few contract the disease. In most instances, people are exposed to the Epstein -Barr virus when very young, and often develop an immunity to the disease. While there is no vaccine that works against the infection, exposure at an early age can have the same effect a vaccine would, although the virus will remain present for life.

Those in their teen and early adult years are most susceptible to becoming infected with the disease if they have not been exposed to the disease at an earlier age, and have had a chance to develop an immunity. The very young may become infected, but in almost all cases the symptoms are very mild and often not even noticeable. Older children and adults have symptoms that are significantly more severe, and those who have weakened immune systems can have very severe symptoms. The disease is rarely fatal, but the symptoms are often prolonged and recovery is slow.

The Main Reason For A Relapse - A mononucleosis relapse almost always is the result of an infected person trying to get back to a normal life style too early. The basic mononucleosis treatment is rest, especially bed rest at first. There are no medications that are effective against the virus, but there are medications that can at times be taken to lessen the severity of the symptoms. Those who have mononucleosis usually do not feel like doing much in the way of normal activities at first, which is a good thing. The danger zone occurs when the sick person begins to feel better, and thinks he or she has more or less returned to normal. It's at this time if the person undertakes strenuous activities, or in other words tries to get back to his or her active lifestyle too quickly, suffering a mononucleosis relapse is quite possible.

A mononucleosis relapse is not all that out of the ordinary. We can suffer a relapse when in the final stages of many different diseases, or even after we think the disease has been successfully beaten. Our bodies need time to heal, especially the immune system following a prolonged battle against either a bacterial or viral infection. We think we are doing fine, take on too much, and before we know it are back in bed. Even those who have the common flu will sometimes experience a relapse, or a series of relapses, when they attempt to get back into the swing of things too early.

Take It Easy, Take It Easy, Etc. - When you're recovering from mononucleosis, the best thing you can do is to listen to your body. If you're not sure you are up to resuming normal activities by all means do not attempt to do so. Too many of us get a guilt complex when we are recovering from a disease or infection, and feel driven to show the world we are not slackers who would just as soon lie around and seek sympathy. Just as important, if a friend or family member is recovering from the infection, be extra careful not to encourage them to take up activities too quickly, but encourage them to continue to take it easy. If you push, your unintended gift to your friend or relative could come in the form of a mononucleosis relapse.