moochpb;42875 wrote: With ebv shouldn’t you take an antiviral? My dr said he has to do some research on this and might give me an antiviral for it if it comes up positive in the other tests?
Mooch the thing with EBV, and actually all viruses including the common cold, is that once you have it it never actually leaves the body. This is fine in most cases. For instance, once you’ve had a particular cold virus you become immune to that strain. The reason you can then get another cold is that there are hundreds of different strains of the cold virus. The reason that you become immune to each particular strain is because the body’s adaptive immune system essentially keeps tabs on it and the virus can never take hold again. This is healthy and normal, and part of what it means to have an adaptive immune system.
With EBV, sometimes the body can’t keep proper tabs on it. There is something about EBV that triggers an inappropriate immune response. Alternatively, as I mentioned, sometimes the immune system stays active after a viral infection is well under control, and it is the activity of the immune system that keeps you ill rather than the virus itself.