Does Epstein-Barr virus Cause Multiple Sclerosis?

Does Epstein-Barr virus Cause Multiple Sclerosis?

According to a latest research, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) has the potential of increasing the risk of developing potentially disabling chronic disease multiple sclerosis (MS). EBV is a member of the Herpesvirus family, and is one of the most common human viruses.

Epstein-Barr can hibernate inside your cells for decades.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive, neurological disorder in which the immune system attacks myelin, a fatty substance that surrounds nerves within the brain and spinal coat. 

According to the research a good amount of damage has already been done to your brain even before symptoms of the disease start to emerge.

Multiple sclerosis is more common in women than men.

How is multiple sclerosis treated?

Till today, there is no cure for Multiple sclerosis. However, some medications provide relief from the MS symptoms.  

How is MS diagnosed? 

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis is extremely difficult. The reason is not far to seek. A mind-boggling number of subtleties of symptoms, it is very difficult to diagnose the MS. Added to this, MS affects everyone differently.

Since Multiple sclerosis affects everyone differently, it is vital that medication selection and dosage is tailored to each individual's needs. 

Symptoms Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis can affect a human being in several several ways: visual changes, facial pain, poor balance resulting in slow movements, Itching, fatigue speech disorders, hearing loss and many more. At the outset, the symptoms are usually mild and the sufferer may not require any treatment for a while.

Symptoms of Multiple sclerosis tend to progress slowly. The symptoms may not be so obvious during the initial stages of the disease. As Multiple sclerosis affects everyone differently, in all probability you may not acquire all of these symptoms. As a matter of fact, the chances are that the changes will be first noticed by others. 

Key Takeaways

• Multiple sclerosis damages myelin around nerve cells.

• There are several companies working on an EBV vaccine. 

• Ultimate goal of preventing multiple sclerosis may take years to achieve,

• Scientists are making right step in the right direction in understanding and treating multiple sclerosis.