Viral infection, spread by personal contact, which begins rather like Influenza (fever, sore throat, headache, general achiness); within a day or two glands become swollen and painful, tonsils enlarge and become dirty-looking, and Jaundice or a rash similar to that of Rubella may develop. Though these symptoms wear off in 2-3 weeks, full recovery may take some time (see Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Since antibiotics are ineffectual against viruses, only treatment is rest and plenty of fluids. Your medical doctor will do a blood test to confirm diagnosis, but this is not always reliable as glandular fever can involve many viruses, not just one. Constitutional homeopathic treatment is recommended if condition drags on.
Specific remedies to be taken every 4 hours for up to 10 doses during acute phase
- Sudden onset of high fever, person excited, incoherent, and red in the face Belladonna 30c
- Feeling chilly and shivery, sticking tongue out makes glands in neck feel painful, cold air and mental exertion make symptoms worse Cistus 30c
- Headache, weakness, muscular pains, ulcers in throat make swallowing difficult Ailanthus 30c
- Dark red tonsils, swallowing causes pains which shoot up towards ears, food and hot drinks make swallowing more painful Phytolacca 30c
- Glands distinctly swollen, especially if sufferer is a child and a late developer Baryta carb. 30c
- Chilliness, sweating, sour taste in mouth, feeling mentally and physically worn out Calcarea 30c
- Offensive perspiration, glands feel tender Mercurius 30c
Prevention: Glandular Fever nosode 30c, taken once a day for up to 10 days, would be a sensible precaution if family, friends, or colleagues are affected.
Self-help: Rest is the best medicine - avoid strenuous exercise and do only 75 per cent of what you are actually capable of. Take extra Vitamin C, B complex, and zinc, and Evening Primrose oil.