Glandular Fever

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.