The Epstein Barr virus (EBV) is a widespread and highly contagious virus that affects a large portion of the global population. While people who contract the virus as a child may only experience mild symptoms, contracting EBV as a young adult or middle age tends to have more severe symptoms and is the cause of the commonly known, “mono” virus.
EBV primarily spreads through saliva and can also be transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids. Once contracted, the virus can remain dormant in the body, potentially reactivating years later, and can lead to a chronic illness that significantly impacts your quality of life.
Dr. Taylor, an expert in environmental illness, shares his insights on EBV what it is, how it affects the body and how it can stay hidden in your cells for years after initial infection.
EBV Influence on Chronic Illness, Cancer and Autoimmune Diseases
Dr. Taylor explains how active EBV is and the load of the virus in the body directly correlates with the chronic symptoms people will experience.
EBV can lead to several chronic health issues including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, and other autoimmune disorders. These conditions can be debilitating, impacting your energy levels, cognitive function, and overall well-being.
EBV has also been associated with certain lymphoma and epithelial cancers since it’s a lymphotropic virus that attacks cells in the lymphatic series, like white blood cells.
EBV also affects the function of the immune system and can cause immune suppression. This is associated with autoimmune diseases, which impact the immune system’s reaction to foreign invaders and may also cause immune self injury.
For several reasons, the Epstein Barr virus remains a significant health concern, especially for those dealing with chronic illness.
Taylor’s expertise in environmental illness offers a valuable perspective on managing conditions related to EBV. By understanding the intricate relationship between environmental factors and viral infections, you can take proactive steps towards improving your health and reclaiming your vitality.
If you think you may be suffering from an EBV related condition, schedule an appointment with one of our providers today.