BRITS have been warned to be on the lookout for a “very contagious” illness that can last for weeks.
Medical professionals shared the top warning signs of glandular fever, saying it usually affects teenagers and young adults.
It is commonly referred to as “kissing disease” because it can be transmitted through saliva.
Previous studies have found that outbreaks peak during the summer months of June through August.
The NHS said that while it can get better with treatment, “it can make you very sick and last for weeks”.
The HSE in Northern Ireland added: “It is sometimes referred to as infectious mononucleosis or mono.”
Doctors say that “most people get over mononucleosis without problems”.
But for some, the disease can lead to other health complications and conditions, including anemia, pneumonia, and neurological conditions like Guillain-Barré syndrome or Bell’s palsy.
What to look out for
The HSE has shared four symptoms to look out for.
Common symptoms of glandular fever are:
- High temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher
- Sore throat
- Swollen glands in the throat
- Extreme tiredness
They added, “Usually you don’t get glandular fever more than once.”
The HSE also shared information on how to stop the spread of what it says is often referred to as ‘kissing disease’.
They said: “Glandular fever is very contagious. It is passed in saliva and can be spread by:
- Kissing – it is often referred to as “kiss disease”.
- Exposure to coughing and sneezing
- Sharing eating and drinking utensils such as cups, glasses, and unwashed forks and spoons
And recommend people wash their hands regularly, wash linens that may have been spat on, avoid kissing and not share cooking or eating utensils.
There is no cure for glandular fever and it will get better on its own, but there are a few things you can do to help relieve symptoms.
The HSE recommends rest and sleep, drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, and taking pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Antibiotics do not help because the disease is caused by a virus.
In most cases, you are contagious for seven weeks before developing symptoms.
However, once you feel better, you can go back to work or school.
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