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Can a strep test also determine mono? Can someone have mono and only have fever and red throat without it being sore? He's on 2 antibiotics for a wound he had a week ago (been on them for 6 days) and has had a negative strep test, but has ran a fever fro

Can a strep test also determine mono? Can someone have mono and only have fever and red throat  without it being sore? He's on 2 antibiotics for a wound he had a week ago (been on them for 6 days) and has had a negative strep test, but has ran a fever fro

Infectious : Infectious mononucleosis is caused by the epstein barr virus (ebv) and acute infection usually involves sore throat, fever, enlarged lymph nodes (including the spleen), and tiredness. Different people will have a different severity of mono symptoms - some get very ill, some do not get sick at all. It is spread through saliva and close contact which is why it's been known as the "kissing disease". Since it is a virus, it is not treated with antibiotics. There is a blood test available that can test for mono infection and antibodies. The test will tell you if he has ever had it, if he has it now, or if he had it in the past and is now immune to it - all helpful information. A strep test does not give information about any other infections - just strep. I attached a link for more in-depth information on infectious mono below. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Ein
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Mono (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more


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Can antibiotics treat mono?

Can antibiotics treat mono?

No, it is viral: Mono is an infection by ebv virus, and is seen more often in teens or young adults. Ebv virus is contagious in the saliva. Younger kids who catch ebv usually do not get the mono syndrome of prolonged fatigue, aches, swollen glands, huge tonsils, fevers, sore throat, swollen spleen, etc... Occasionally, middle ear or sinus infections, or a coincidental strep throat, occur and need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can antibiotic use cause complication in mono patients?

Can antibiotic use cause complication in mono patients?

Possibly: For the mono patients i see as an ENT doctor i usually prescribe steroids and an antibiotic. The patients usually have huge infected tonsils and i treat with antibiotics to prevent bacterial superinfection of the virally damaged tissue. In my years of experience this has been successful in not only helping the throat symptoms but preventing later secondary recurrent tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Last year my liver started to shut down because i had a reaction to antibiotics. Now i may have mono. Should i be worried about damage to my liver?

Possibly: Infectious mononucleosis can produce hepatitis but this is unlikely to produce permanent damage to the liver, which is an organ with remarkable ability to recover and regenerate. If you become jaundiced, get pain over right upper portion of abdomen, begin itching all over or have any symptoms you cannot explain, see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Inflamed tonsils and node in neck tested neg for mono but hasnt gone away for 4 months and have been tried on 4 different antibiotics?

Inflamed tonsils and node in neck tested neg for mono but hasnt gone away for 4 months and have been tried on 4 different antibiotics?

See an ENT doctor: Or an infectious diseases expert. There is seldom if ever a need for 4 different antibiotics in a blind attempt to cure what may not be a bacterial infection. Don't know how you were tested for mononucleosis and what the tonsils and lymph nodes look like, but you need a more thoughtful approach. ...Read more

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On antibiotics for almost 2 weeks before finding I have mono. Oatmeal and pizza have made me almost black out feeling like it doesn't go down. Why?

On antibiotics for almost 2 weeks before finding I have mono. Oatmeal and pizza have made me almost black out feeling like it doesn't go down. Why?

Near faint?: Why do oatmeal and pizza almost make you black out? If your throat is that sore, or you have that much trouble swallowing, you may have an abscess. Please get seen, because this is not a normal course of mono. Call your doc or get checked today. ...Read more

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Can adult thrush self heal? On antibiotics, have mono.

Can adult thrush self heal? On antibiotics, have mono.

HOLD IT!!!: Why take antibiotic if you have mono? Mono often looks like thrush. If you take Amoxicillin while you have mono, you will get a rash all over your body. See another dr. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics (doxy mono 100mg BID) cause your body to heal bruises slower?

Can antibiotics (doxy mono 100mg BID) cause your body to heal bruises slower?

Not the most common: It is reported but not the most common adverse effect of doxycycline. In fact all antibiotics can alter how your body bruises, as they kill of some of the bacteria in the gut. Remember some of your natural gut bacteria synthesize vit K(necessary for normal handling of bleeding). So if you kill them off your vit K stores may be affected. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Tonsils: antibiotic 10 days for puss helped but did not clear up. Swelling and puss increasing daily. Neg for strep and mono what else could it be?

Repeat test: Ten days of antibiotics would eradicate a strep infection. I recommend a repeat full throat culture and another monotest, or else get an opinion from an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mononucleosis (Definition)

Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis, or just "mono") is an illness caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. The infection may feature fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph ...Read more


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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more