What are the symptoms of cytomegalovirus?
Most people who have a cytomegalovirus infection do not experience any symptoms at all, although you may develop symptoms such as fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, and swollen glands. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to have symptoms, which may be severe and can affect different organs in the body.
Common symptoms of cytomegalovirus
Although most people with cytomegalovirus do not have symptoms, if you do experience symptoms, they may be similar to mononucleosis. Common symptoms of cytomegalovirus include:
- Enlarged liver and glands, such as the spleen and lymph nodes
- General ill feeling
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches and pains
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Sore throat
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
Although cytomegalovirus infection typically resolves on its own, complications can occur. In some cases, cytomegalovirus infection can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
- Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
- Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
- Chest pain or pressure
- High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
What is cytomegalovirus?
Cytomegalovirus is a virus belonging to the herpesvirus family that commonly infects humans. Although cytomegalovirus infections are very common, most people who have the infection do not feel sick or even notice the infection. Others, particularly those whose immune systems are weakened, develop symptoms that resemble mononucleosis. People whose immune systems are weakened are also more l... Read more about cytomegalovirus introduction
What causes cytomegalovirus?
Cytomegalovirus is a member of the herpesvirus family. It is contagious and spreads from person to person, but most people never develop symptoms. It can be spread through all bodily fluids and can also spread from a pregnant mother to her baby.... Read more about cytomegalovirus causes