Ditto for certain foods that are prone to causing gas, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and beans.But you may not know about these other sneaky culprits. Check out the sodium content on all packaged foods you buy, and consider how it fits into the guideline of 2,300 mg per day (1,500 mg for all people 50-plus, and for anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as all African-Americans, who are at high risk for hypertension).When infection occurs in childhood, the virus most often produces no symptoms.It is estimated that only about 10% of children who become infected with EBV develop the illness.The body's immune system produces antibodies to attack and help destroy invading viruses and bacteria.
The disease was first described in 1889 and was referred to as "Drüsenfieber," or glandular fever.While there are other illnesses falling under the broad classification of mononucleosis that can cause similar symptoms (cytomegalovirus [CMV] infection is one example) and an increase in blood lymphocytes, the mononucleosis caused by the EBV is by far the most common. As previously discussed, the majority of people have become infected with the virus by the time that they reach adulthood, and the majority of these infections produce no symptoms and are not recognized as mono.Mono is most often diagnosed in adolescents and young adults, with a peak incidence at 15-17 years of age. Generally, the illness is less severe in young children and may mimic the symptoms of other common childhood illnesses, which may explain why it is less commonly diagnosed or recognized in this younger age group. Saliva is the primary method of transmitting mono, which leads to the infection of B lymphocytes in the mouth and throat.Infectious mononucleosis developed its common name of "kissing disease" from this prevalent form of transmission among teenagers.It typically takes between four to eight weeks for people become symptomatic after the initial Epstein-Barr virus infection.