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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

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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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Tested positive for strep but the antibiotics are not helping. I have been taking them for almost a week. Have all the symptoms of mono except a fever?

Tested positive for strep but the antibiotics are not helping. I have been taking them for almost a week. Have all the symptoms of mono except a fever?

Get Rechecked: Strep throat typically responds to antibiotics quickly and people usually feel better in 1-2 days. If someone has been taking antibiotics for strep for a week and isn't feeling better it would be a good idea to f/u w/ their doctor to get rechecked and make sure there wasn't something else going on in addition or that complications haven't developed from strep. ...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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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?

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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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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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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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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I had to take a single dose of 200mg Doxycycline mono. How long until all of the antibiotic is completely gone and out from my system?

I had to take a single dose of 200mg Doxycycline mono. How long until all of the antibiotic is completely gone and out from my system?

4 days: The exact half life depends somewhat on which salt it is. The halflife cycling of D. hyclate(one of the more common forms) would indicate than it usually would be undetectable in 3.5 to 4 days ...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?

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

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I took a preventative dose of 200mg Doxycycline mono and was able to to donate plasma. Did donating plasma take the antibiotics from my system?

I took a preventative dose of 200mg Doxycycline mono and was  able to to donate plasma.  Did donating plasma take the antibiotics from my system?

Odd statement: They should not have collected your plasma if you took any antibiotics in the days prior to selling/donating this product. You place anyone who receives the material at risk of a life threatening allergic reaction if they have an allergy to that material. Yes, you pass some of the antibiotic into any body fluids. ...Read more

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My wife and I have had painfull swollen throats for 2 weeks. Antibiotics and a steroid shot didn't help. Tested negative for strep and mono. Any ideas?

My wife and I have had painfull swollen throats for 2 weeks. Antibiotics and a steroid shot didn't help. Tested negative for strep and mono. Any ideas?

Try: Otc antihistamines. Two weeks is a long time for an infective process so likely allergic or irritant associated. If otherwise healthy not necessarily a serious condition. ...Read more

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Hi dr. Ronald I'm on doxycycline mono Twice a day for 10 days and I took a fish oil a 3 hours before I took my second dose of antibiotic injust found ?

Stay cool: The chances are that nothing untoward will occur. There is the small possibility that the fish oil my inhibit somewhat the absorption of the antibiotic. I would suggest that you take the antibiotic every 12 hours and hold off on the fish oil until you finish the amount of antibiotic prescribed. ...Read more

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Sick for 6 weeks. On my 3rd antibiotic. Lyme, mono, flu, pneumonia all ruled out. Today's tests - sed rate 38 and C-reactive protein 1.7. Now what?

Sick for 6 weeks. On my 3rd antibiotic. Lyme, mono, flu, pneumonia all ruled out. Today's tests - sed rate 38 and C-reactive protein 1.7. Now what?

?: Need to compare to previous readings, looks like those numbers are coming down, regardless, please keep the follow up with your treating physicians, hopefully you will get well soon, what counts more is how you look like clinically, as we treat patients not lab results, wish you wellness ...Read more

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White, sore tonsils. Strep test negative, too early for accurate mono-spot. 3 out of 7 days of antibiotics taken but no improvement yet. Viral?

White, sore tonsils. Strep test negative, too early for accurate mono-spot. 3 out of 7 days of antibiotics taken but no improvement yet. Viral?

Yes: Yes with a negative strep test, this is most likely viral. Why are you taking antibiotics? They are not indicated for a viral sore throat, by the way. Keep hydrated and take motrin for pain are your best treatments. Feel better! I would discuss the antibiotics with whoever prescribed them! ...Read more

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I was diagnosed for a sinus infection and given antibiotics but I show every symptom except rash and spleen irritation for mono even strep. sugg.?

I was diagnosed for a sinus infection and given antibiotics but I show every symptom except rash and spleen irritation for mono even strep. sugg.?

Mononucleosis...: ...usually wouldn't be confused with sinusitis, i.e. usually no nasal congestion, drip, or sinus pain. Any common cold can cause the same symptoms as mono. If you remain concerned, or were exposed to someone with mono (kissing, having sex), discuss with your doc. All doctors who care for teens know all about mono and your doc can test for it, but I'm guessing it isn't necessary. ...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