Infectious mononucleosis is an acute infection of the lymph nodes and the throat and it is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It is characteristic in that it usually affects younger persons and it can be easily mistaken for an influenza infection. When it affects children it is usually mild but with teenagers the symptoms tend to be more severe and the ailment causes much more serious complications.
Mononucleosis can be transmitted by sneezing, coughing or by means of infected saliva. The disease is characterized by an increase in the number of mononuclear white blood cells, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, abnormal liver functioning, liver swelling, bumpy red rash, weakness, fever, and tiredness. The older the patient is the longer the symptoms will last, the more severe the signs will be and the recovery time may seem like forever to some patients. Tiredness may remain even after full recovery and resolve only after a few months.
Complications of mononucleosis may include upper airway obstruction, difficult swallowing and liver diseases. Severe cases sometimes require surgery if the spleen becomes ruptured or dangerously enlarged.
Herbs and Supplements
Yin Quao is very beneficial for the beginning stages of mononucleosis because it relieves the aches and other unpleasant feelings. One should always prefer the extract over the tablet as it can be dangerous for children under four years of age. This supplement contains no Aspirin.
Goldenseal has very potent antibacterial properties while Echinacea comes in very handy when it comes to fighting different types of viruses so they make for a remarkable combination which can be used during the recovery stage of mononucleosis. The combination of the two herbal supplements is very efficient in boosting the weakened immune system and fighting the harmful infection.
It is very important to add that the herbs may lose the effectiveness if used continuously so it is advised to use the formula for a week, and then stop the therapy during the second week. The combination can be used again in the third week. Garlic is a very important supplement because it has very strong antiviral properties. An herbal tea can be made using licorice root and Marshmallow root for those who suffer from a sore throat, but it should not be given to children who have a high blood pressure.
Milk thistle is very beneficial in protecting the liver and detoxifying the body. Shiitake mushrooms are very efficient in strengthening the immune system and fighting off the viruses, while astragalus boosts the energy levels very successfully.