A Closer Look at Adult Mononucleosis

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A Closer Look at Adult Mononucleosis

The Epstein-Barr viral infection normally called as mononucleosis is common among young adults and teenagers in the age bracket of 15-35 years old; amusingly, researches have revealed that anyone older than this age may catch the infection at a lesser percentage. The most accepted reason for this is immunity – it is possible that 90% of the total population is immune to the Epstein-Barr virus thus adult mononucleosis is rare at certain ages.

Epstein-Barr that causes mononucleosis is found all over the world today, and in fact when everyone has reach the age of 35-40 years of age, the antibody of the EBV can already be identified in their blood – with this findings, we can safely conclude that most persons have already been infected with EBV at some point of their lives perhaps by a weaker viral strain acting like a natural vaccine for future adult mononucleosis.

If in the most unfortunate instances, you are one of those who have contacted adult mononucleosis, then you must be aware that the symptoms you could have is largely different form younger ones who have suffered from mononucleosis – persons diagnosed with adult mononucleosis do not show the classic symptoms of sore throat and fever.

General Signs

One of the most common signs of adult mononucleosis are abdominal pains, but this should be carefully diagnosed and tested before any safe conclusions that a person is indeed suffering from mononucleosis. The abdominal pains that one gets to feel as a result of adult mononucleosis are due to an inflamed liver or an inflamed spleen; if these feelings are already recurring and happening most of the time, then medical attention must be amide available so that clinical test can be performed as soon as possible.

Another very familiar sign of a person with adult mononucleosis is the difficulty in breathing; this could mean that the lymph nodes wherein the body filters and stores dead viral compounds and dead red blood cells (remember that mononucleosis can cause hemolysis) are enlarged thus they block vital airways in the body. Swollen lymph nodes are a common body reaction for infections and if they re not their normal size then definitely it can be safely said that there is indeed an infection.

Even though the Epstein-Barr virus which is the primary factor for adult mononucleosis development that generally causes heightened level of lymphocytes in the body, there are also other disease that may give the same signs and symptoms for mononucleosis; hence clinical tests must be administered as soon as possible.

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This article was published on 2010/12/14