Glandular fever mostly affects teenagers and young adults. It gets better without treatment, but it can make you feel very ill and last for weeks.
You should feel better within 2 to 3 weeks. Some people might feel extremely tired for months.
How to treat Glandular Fever at home:
We advise to take the following steps to treat Glandular Fever at home:
- Get lots of rest and sleep.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen.
- Don’t drink alcohol- your liver might be weak while you have glandular fever.
When to see your GP:
Please be aware the GP’s cannot give antibiotics for Glandular Fever as they do not work for this illness.
- Have a very high temperature or your feel hot and shivery.
- Have a severe sore throat.
- Have swelling either side of your neck-swollen glands.
- Extreme tiredness or exhaustion.
- Tonsillitis that isn’t getting better.
See your GP now or go to A&E if:
- You have difficulty swallowing.
- You have difficulty breathing.
- You have extreme tummy pain.