Unfortunately a child was admitted to hospital during the holiday for glandular fever. It is a viral infection that is passed on through saliva. This can be through coughing and sneezing or sharing eating utensils or drinking vessels.
The most common symptoms of the condition are:
• a high temperature (fever)
• a sore throat – this is usually more painful than any you may have had before
• swollen glands in your neck and possibly in other parts of your body, such as under your armpits
• fatigue (extreme tiredness)
Not everyone gets all of these symptoms. Most symptoms of glandular fever will usually resolve within two or three weeks. The throat will normally feel most sore for three to five days after symptoms start before gradually improving, and the fever will usually last 10 to 14 days.
Fatigue is the most persistent symptom and often lasts a few weeks, although some people may feel persistently fatigued for several months after the other symptoms have passed.
When to seek medical advice
Contact your GP if you suspect that you or your child has glandular fever.
Go to the accident and emergency (A&E) department or dial 999 for an ambulance if you have glandular fever and you:
• develop a rasping breath (stridor) or have any breathing difficulties
• find swallowing fluids difficult
• develop intense abdominal pain