Epstein-Barr Virus Infection Treatment
Treatment for Epstein Barr infection usually includes encouraging fluids, rest, avoid alcohol, warm saltwater gargles, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control.
Treatment options for Epstein Barr infection includes:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Avoid contact sports.
- Avoid heavy lifting.
- To decrease the size of the tonsils in the situation of impending airway obstruction
- Prednisone (Deltasone, Liquid Prep, Meticorten, Orasone, Prednicen-M, Sterapred)
- Antiviral drugs
- Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
- Take nonprescription medication for sore throat:
- Gargle with warm salt water
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
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Epstein-Barr Virus Infection Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of an Epstein Barr infection.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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