That's interesting that you get the swelling, I just get the pain. Advil and heat take the edge off. I'm glad you can do massage for some benefit. For me it would be like massaging a bruise or welt. Hi rajulko! I haven't been checked recently. I've never had EBV but have been exposed to CMV and HHV-6. Unfortunately, my Dr. won't treat me with anti-virals and I don't live near anyone who would (and am too sick to travel) so I haven't asked to be checked again. Here is something similar to what I use to apply heat. It's palliative. Unfortunately I don't know of anything (besides what Kim mentioned) to treat the pain.