Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), also known as human herpes virus 4, is a double-stranded DNA virus and the causative agent for Mononucleosis or Glandular Fever. Typically mono presents as fever, sore throat, cervical lymph node swelling, and fatigue. EBV is thought to play a role in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as well and infects B cells. It may also be a persisting infection.
We see EBV frequently as a secondary infection to tick-borne illness due to the immune suppression of Lyme disease.
EBV responds well to Valtrex, a pharmaceutical antiviral, as well as Olive Leaf and Monolaurin. Beyond Balance antiviral herbal compounds can be used as well.
EBV infection can be reactivated as it can lie dormant within a cell for many years and is then triggered by an environmental factor. This infection can be treated and symptoms will go away at least temporarily. Retreatment may be required and EBV antibodies can be measured in the blood.