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Mononucleosis and It's connection to multiple sclerosis
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An_247034 posted:
2 Questions:

Is it safe to take malarone to prevent catching malaria if I currently have mononucleosis?

Is there an increase risk of having multiple sclerosis if I have mononucleosis? (I am in fact currently suffering from mononucleosis for the 2nd time in my life. Once as a child and now again as an adult).
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hackwriter responded:
Here is a 2009 WebMD article describing the theory of Epstein-Barr virus as a possible trigger that activates MS in those who have the biomarkers that make them susceptible:


http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/news/20090504/epstein-barr-virus-linked-to-ms

According to this study, there seems to be a significant risk, but it is complicated by the fact that: 1) most people have antibodies for Epstein-Barr by the time they reach adulthood, 2) the number of antibodies in your system plays a part in that risk, 3) you must have the gene markers for MS to be at risk, and 4) a combination of several factors are thought to activate MS, and those would differ for each person.

Are you in the process of being tested for MS, or are you otherwise healthy and just curious about the risk?

Kim
 
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jcake replied to hackwriter's response:
I currently have Mononucleosis as an adult, therefore I am curious about the risk.

Thanks for your reply.


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