Chronic and re-activating EBV can wreck havoc on the immune system, giving rise to a myriad of health issues.
Although 90% of the population carries the Epstein Barr Virus in their systems, only a small percentage are plagued with EBV reactivation, and related health issues. Most of these secondary conditions are relatively harmless. However, certain cancers have been associated with chronic EBV.
Epstein Barr Virus is known to most people as the ‘kissing disease’ or ‘mononucleosis’. Usually contracted as a teenager, this herpes virus is remembered by most as a 1-2 week stint of bed-ridden fatigue, and a scorching sore throat. Think of it as life’s introduction to the ‘irony of romance’.EBV or the 'kissing disease': life's introduction to the 'irony of romance'... Click To Tweet
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The EBV is a wiley little bugger. The reason it never leaves the system is due to its ability to mask itself as human DNA. The body does not rid itself of its own DNA, therefore the virus although dormant, hangs in there for life.
For a few unlucky individuals the EBV will awaken from time to time, and throw their immune system into crisis. This is where secondary health issues come to the forefront. These can include, but are not limited to:
EBV Reactivation And Related Health Issues*
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ~ although this is really a ‘catch all’ term, the symptoms mimic the EBV itself, including; extreme fatigue, sore throat, aching joints, low grade fever ect.
Viral Labyrinthisits and other inner ear infections ~ this is the cause of vertigo for me when I have a ‘flare’. Not treatable with antibiotics (only bacterial infections can be treated with medication), one must simply wait it out. It will often clear up in several days, or 1-2 weeks.
Hodgkin’s-Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and other cancers ~ Rare but not unheard of, cancer can be a result of latent EBV.
Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis ~ IBS can be linked to the EBV’s inflammatory result in the intestinal tract.
Multiple Sclerosis/MS ~ Nerve tissue is attacked by the virus in the body.
Hashimoto’s Disease ~ new studies are finding a link between EBV and low thyroid disease.
Maintaining a healthy immune system is one of the best defenses against latent and chronic EBV. Make sure to:
reduce stress wherever you can
stay out of viral hot beds if possible (hospitals/day care centers/elementary schools/Dr. offices)
get any help necessary to combat depression
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