The kiss disease in children is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which causes mononucleosis. Sometimes it is possible to hear what is also called mono disease. Kiss disease is caused by the fact that it can be transmitted to another person in this way.
It is also possible to grab this virus without being aware of it, because many people carry it but are not sick.
It could take 4-6 weeks before the virus gets out. When it occurs, it is particularly soft in young children and can be mixed with a cold or flu. In adolescence, the symptoms are more pronounced.
If symptoms occur, they will probably be:
- throat ache
- swollen glands
- weakness and muscle aches
You can start feeling better in 2-4 weeks, but fatigue usually lasts longer. You can still be tired after a few months.
How does it spread?
This virus is in saliva and you can grab someone infected by kissing. The person who has the virus can also make use of the common cups and use her toothbrush to infect. It is also found in the blood and menace, so it is also possible to grab by sexual intercourse, blood donation and organ transplants.
You don't have to be sick to infect the virus. The virus can stay in the body for a long time even after you've recovered. It may become active again after months or years, making you infectious again.
It is difficult to say that the person is suffering from kissing only by looking at the symptoms. Fever, fatigue and sore throat may be a symptom of colds and flu.
You need to see a doctor to find out what makes you sick. Search for signs that you have a kiss disease like spleen. Your doctor also investigates swollen liver and white spots on the tonsils.
A blood test may also be required. In this test, antibodies produced against EBV virus are searched. In another test, white blood cells are scanned.
As with other viruses, Epstein-Barr virus cannot be treated with antibiotics. The disease takes its course in a few weeks.
What can be done at home?
There is no medicine that improves kissing, but the following symptoms can be made at home:
- Plenty of rest
- Drinking plenty of water
- Feels good in mouthwash with salt water
- Pain relievers can reduce body pain and fever. Do not give aspirin to children under 19 years of age because it rarely causes Reye syndrome.
Take a break from work and school until you feel good. Stay away from sports, heavy lifting and strenuous activities for up to a month or you can damage your spleen.
There's no vaccine against this virus. One thing to be done is to avoid people with the virus.
Do not share cups, plates, toothbrushes with those who have the disease. Do not kiss or engage in sexual intercourse.
When to Go to a Doctor?
There are some rare but dangerous complications of kiss sickness, see if your child has the following symptoms:
- Sudden and hard pain on the left side of the abdomen may indicate problems in the spleen
- Very little urine is a sign of dehydration
- Difficulty in breathing and swallowing, break 112
If the symptoms do not pass between 4-6 weeks, there may be another infection besides kiss disease.
Other Diseases Caused by EBV
Although the EBV virus is known to cause kissing, it may also cause the following diseases:
- Diarrhea and ear infections in children
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Some cancers such as Burkitt lymphoma, nose and throat cancers
Studies also show a link between EBV and multiple sclerosis, but more research is needed to determine if the virus is causing it.
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