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how to know if i have mono since my boyfriend got it?

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Dr. Homa Mahdavi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Mono test or EBV : Mono or infectious mono nucleosis (imn ) is very contagious, 2/3 of people who have it never show any symptoms like enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat or fever. If there is no symptom there is no need to do the blood test.( mono test or ebv titter). No treatment is needed either.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

After getting mono, will I always be able to give it to someone else?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, sort of: After getting mono, due to ebv virus, a person will have ebv virus in his saliva sometimes. If he does heavy kissing with people who did not get ebv as a child, then those people can catch ebv from him and get mono. However, if he raises his kids in a way where they share foods, drinks, spoons, straws, normal kisses, etc..., his young kids can get ebv from him and have only mild symptoms, not mono.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How long will it take my spleen to recover from having mono?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
It will vary: This depends on how long it takes for the mono to resolve. The spleen is composed of lymphoid tissue, which commonly swells during mono. The doctor will assess the progress of mono often times by examining the spleen. As the mono resolves, so will the size of the spleen. This takes between two weeks and two months or more.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

If I get mono, how long will my spleen stay swollen?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Duration of illness: The fact that one's spleen swells during the course of mononucleosis means that the spleen is functioning properly. It is a filter for bacteria and abnormal blood cells, and as such will swell in a state that gives rise to these conditions. The spleen size is often monitored by your doctor while you are ill and the recession of spleen size is an indication of improving health.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get mono more than once?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: 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. Staying healthy & happy, eating a balanced diet, and getting reasonable exercise, etc... May help keep one's immune system in top shape, to keep the ebv virus suppressed. Occasionally, other germs can cause a "mono-like" illness.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can I play soccer if I have mono?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Be careful: Besides fatigue, mononucleosis can cause an enlarged spleen and liver... Contact sports should be avoided to avoid rupture of the spleen/liver... Best to be checked before resuming sports.

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