Mononucleosis is also known as the kissing disease or glandular fever. It is a viral disease that is spread by the saliva droplets that are projected by the contaminated subject when he or she speaks, coughs or sneezes. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and can affect children, adolescents and young adults. Mononucleosis is usually characterized by swollen glands and an acute infection. It results in an increase in the number of mononuclear cells or monocytes contained in the blood.
In general, infectious mononucleosis is characterized by acute pharyngitis or inflammatory angina that manifest themselves by the tonsil’s increased volume and redness in the pharynx area. Of viral origin, it is often called red angina or erythematous angina. However, it may also cause erythemato-pultaceous (white) angina or pseudomembranous angina. In all cases, it is accompanied by high microbial fever that comes with rashes and shivers. The patient’s temperature can then reach 40.5 ° C. Mononucleosis can also result in lymphadenopathy, extreme fatigue, body aches, muscular pain, jaundice, ulceration of the gums or prepuce, a cerebrospinal meningitis, splenomegaly or even acute hepatitis.
If the pain caused by mononucleosis is localized in the muscles or larynx and spreads towards the ears, take three granules of Phytolacca 5 CH three times a day.
In case of fever that causes thirst and that is combined to red angina, take five granules of Belladonna 5 CH, three times a day. This will lower the patient’s body temperature.
Mercurius solubilis 9 CH and Natrum muriaticum 9 CH can gradually reduce extreme fatigue. The recommended dosage consists of three granules of each remedy, to be taken three times a day until the overwhelming weariness completely disappears.
To prevent a secondary infection caused by the presence of the Epstein-Barr virus, resort to Calendula officinalis TM and Mercurius corrosivus 4 or 5 CH. More specifically, mix thirty drops of the first remedy in a glass that is half-filled water, bringing it to a boiil before using the resulting solution as a mouthwash. As for the second remedy, suck on five granules three times a day until the ulcers disappear.
If the disease becomes severe, it can cause acute hepatitis combined to jaundice or a digestive disorder. In this case, let three granules of Phosphorus 7 CH melt under the tongue three times a day.
If it is not treated in time, infectious mononucleosis can lead to serious complications. As soon as the first symptoms appear, it is recommended to see a homoeopath. But if the disease has already caused hemolytic anaemia, pancytopenia, or other neurological, liver or lung-related complications, a medical consultation is then essential.
• Ailanthus Glandulosa
• Calcarea Phosphorica
• Phytolacca Decandra
Good to know: Homoeopathy helps to fight against the Epstein-Barr virus and to stimulate the body’s immune system. For this reason, it can be used for the preventive or in-depth treatment of infectious mononucleosis.