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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
MONONUCLEOSIS: Infection with ebv, herpes virus type 4 characterized by fatigue, fever, pharyngitis and lympadenopthy.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Swollen lymph nodes: The most likely reason is that with mono, the lymph nodes in the head and neck become enlarged and then interfere with the return of lymph or tissue f ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: It is also the cause of several types of unusual malignancies, usually in people with some form of immune compromise.
Dr. Randolph Thomas
39 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The epstein barr virus (ebv) causes mononucleosis. After infection, it stays in the body for life. If the infection occurs in early childhood, the ill ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
I do not know: Infectious mono is a serious viral mediated illness which is well known. Other viral, illnesses, and bacterial illnesses can cause similar symptoms o ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Usually not: Most people with mono are much better after 1-2 weeks but may have times of fatigue on and off.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Marged
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Listen to body: Overall, there are no medications to treat mono. Considering the average duration is 3 months, it is best to NOT push your activity levels. As you gra ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Usually a complete blood count, cbc, and ebstein bar titers.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Virus: It is a virus, called epstein barr, that causes a generalized infection of the body. It usually lasts for weeks to months. The spleen enlarges due t ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Kissing: Epstein barr virus the cause of mononucleosis is spread by kissing. Once you are infected you shead virus in your saliva for 18 months, long after yo ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Mono: Unfortunately one can develop mono at any age.
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