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how to deal with mono?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Mononucleosis: If you have mono hydrate well, rest, use nsaid’s or tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain/ fever, gargle with warm salt water if your throat is sore ; avoid contact sports if your spleen is enlarged.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How prevalent is the mono in the us?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Very common: 2 out of every 1, 000 teens have had mono or been exposed to mono. By the time we hit our forties, about 95% of americans have been exposed to mono.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is mono more prevalent in developed countries or under-developed countries?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Developed countries: In many parts of the world, children catch ebv virus when they are still young. At that age, they get mild flu-like symptoms for a few days, and then are well again (they usually do not get a "mono" illness). Because their bodies already carry ebv virus, when they become teens or adults and kiss other people with ebv virus, they do not catch another ebv disease from the other people.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common are complications from mono?

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Dr. Willam Lau
Infectious Disease 10 years experience
Rare: Mononucleosis is usually an uncomplicated viral disease.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can I be re-infected with mono?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not from EBV virus: Mono is caused by the ebv virus. Once a person catches ebv, it seems to stay in one's body, and can re-activate to cause mono-like symptoms more than once. Re-activation is sort of like being re-infected by one's own virus, but it is not a true re-infection by an outside virus. Occasionally, other germs can cause a "mono-like" illness.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can there be complications with mono if I have a donated organ?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Possibly : Mono usually affects lungs or liverif it attacks an organ, so you would be ok and you are probably otherwise healthy or would not have been able to donate so should have a rather normal course should you get mono.

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