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Glandular Fever and Exercise

By Corinna Underwood ; Updated August 14, 2017

Medical News Today explains that glandular fever, also known as infectious mononucleosis, is a type of viral infection. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Exercise may be OK with glandular fever after the initial stages and as long as you feel well enough.

Significance

EBV is one of the most common viruses to affect humans. If an EBV occurs in early childhood, it will usually produce few symptoms, sometimes none at all. The virus will remain in the throat and blood for life, lying dormant. If EBV occurs during adolescence or early adulthood, if will develop into glandular fever. When infected, the body produces antbodies to combat the virus and thereafter is immune to EBV. The virus is contagious and can be passed on by kissing, sneezing, and sharing crockery and cutlery. You will remain contagious for two months after having glandular fever.

Function

The virus has several stages. During the initial stage, you will experience a high fever, very sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, aching muscles and joints, and extreme fatigue. Epsteinbarrvirus.com warns that during this stage, your spleen may also be swollen, so exercise could be very dangerous.

Considerations

According to Epsteinbarrvirus.com, after the first few days, when the initial symptoms are less severe, you can start with some gentle exercises, such as stretching or brief walks. Up to 15 minutes per day of exercise is until you start to feel stronger. This type of exercise is important to keep your muscle mass and improve circulation.

Prevention/Solution

As you feel your strength building, you can increase your exercise time gradually. However, Epsteinbarrvirus.com, warns that if you are developing swollen lymph nodes, feeling exhausted or getting headaches after exercising, you need to slow down and allow your body more time to fight the virus.

Expert Insight

Epsteinbarrvirus.com recommends taking nutritional supplements to help boost your energy so that you can exercise after glandular fever. Magnesium and vitamin B complex will help to increase your energy levels. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C will boost your immune system and help your body combat the virus. Ginseng is helpful to increase your exercise tolerance.

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