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Are steroids effective against mono?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sometimes used: Steroids such as Prednisone are sometimes used in the treatment of mono, such as to shrink down extremely enlarged tonsils so that a patient can breathe and swallow properly while his mono illness gradually subsides.
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
NO: American family physician recommends no steroids. That being said there are times when steroids may be of help. With extremely swollen tonsils steroids may reduce the suffering. If sudden dry eyes are associated with infectious mono steroids may reverse the dry eyes. I have personally treated severe dry eyes and highly positive ebv igm in a teenager successfully with short term high dose steroi.

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