The main cause of glandular fever is the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), which is a herpes virus. You catch it by kissing, or sharing food or drink from a cup, glass or cutlery that someone with EBV has used.
See our section: causes of glandular fever above for more information.
Yes, glandular fever is contagious. It’s caused by a herpes virus called the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV). The EBV virus is spread from person to person in saliva. You can help to prevent getting or spreading glandular fever by washing your hands often. And clean anything that comes into contact with saliva, such as cups, glasses and cutlery.
It’s impossible to say what the fastest way to recover from glandular fever is because there isn’t any specific medicine to treat it. Antibiotics won’t work because glandular fever is a virus. The aim of glandular fever treatment is to ease your symptoms, and with time, it will get better. Get plenty of rest, particularly during the early stages. Most people recover from the infection within two to four weeks.
See our section: treatment of glandular fever above for more information.
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