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How long can mono symptoms last doc said i was recently exposed to it but i been having the symptoms for over 1year. can it be something else? nueuro?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Likely unrelated: Mono is usually a mild flu like illness in kids, but intensifies in older patients.In most it will run it's course in 3 weeks, in 10% it may take 3 mo and rare patients have significant complications.Conditions that used to be called a chronic mono and last a year or more have been found to have other origins.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Mononucleosis: Mono (ebstein barr viral ebv infection) an recur or, rarely, become chronic, active ebv infection. If you continue to be ill, it would be important to rule out other possible infections with similar symptoms. There are tests to show:acute vs recurrent ebv. You may refer to the following mayo clinic reference: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncidod/diseases/ebv.Htm. Talk with your doctor about healthtap:).

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