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If i had mono in my 20's, confirmed by blood test, should I be screened for hepetitus now?

If i had mono in my 20's, confirmed by blood test, should I be screened for hepetitus now?

Confusing question: Mono often will have a mild hepatitis as one of it's many symptoms. However, this has nothing to do with the other causes of hepatitis (a, b, c, etc). If you feel you have been exposed to one of those illnesses or have symptoms your pcp can check it out. ...Read more

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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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If you get mononucleosis as a child does it not stay in your body for life? I had mono as a child and from the research I have done was given to understand it stayed with you for life. I was recently screened for mono and the test came back negative. I wa

If you get mononucleosis as a child does it not stay in your body for life? I had mono as a child and from the research I have done was given to understand it stayed with you for life. I was recently screened for mono and the test came back negative. I wa

Infectious : Infectious mononucleosis is caused by the epstein-barr virus (ebv) which is a member of the human herpes virus family (like chicken pox). Many people exposed to ebv do not develop infectious mononucleosis, but will have mild symptoms or no illness at all. In fact, 85%-90% of adults aged 40 show evidence of ebv infection at some point by having lasting antibodies detected with a blood test. There may be a small subset of folks that don't develop lasting antibodies or may have dormant virus, but this is rare. When we test for ebv, we test for evidence of current infection and of previous infection. You may have tested negative for current infection which is good - you shouldn't have a current infection of ebv if you have had it before. You may or may not have been tested for evidence of previous infection. You may want to speak with your doctor about what tests were done which might clear up any confusion. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Severely swollen tonsils. Was referred to ENT for possible abscess. ENT refuted abscess dx. Strep screen was negative. history of mono. What could it be?

Severely swollen tonsils. Was referred to ENT for possible abscess. ENT refuted abscess dx. Strep screen was negative. history of mono. What could it be?

Follow up with ENT: To obtain clarity, one would want to know are your symptoms new, what difficulty are the large tonsils causing you? If it is sleep/breathing while sleeping, snoring while sleeping, needing to sleep in a chair unable to lie flat. difficulty swallowing, food, liquids. If strep is ruled out, if can be viral and can resolve, if the symptoms are new. If chronic symptoms now worse surgery is considered. ...Read more

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How to deal with mono?

How to deal with mono?

Mononucleosis: If you have mono hydrate well, rest, use nsaid’s or tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain/ fever, gargle with warm salt water if your throat is sore ; avoid contact sports if your spleen is enlarged. ...Read more

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What to do about mono pain?

What to do about mono pain?

Depends: This depends where the pain is, whether you have throat pain, spleen pain, headaches, etc. As the pain should be fairly short lived, you should speak to your physician who is caring for your mono and they should be able to prescribe something for your pain. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can mono last for 4 months?

Can mono last for 4 months?

Mono...: …is usually caused by the Epstein Barr virus or CMV (cytomegalovirus). The initial infection typically only lasts for 2-3 weeks but the fatigue and some other symptoms can last for many months afterward and are mainly caused by the immune system’s reaction to the virus itself. If you have symptoms that are prolonged it is best to se your doctor for evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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How does mono stat 3 work ?

How does mono stat 3 work ?

Monostat: Monostat is a topical antifungal treatment. Miconazole works by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol, a component of fungal cell membranes. ...Read more

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What is mono? how do you get it?

What is mono? how do you get it?

Saliva: Mono is usually caused by the EB virus and for many it will happen as an unremarkable viral infection in early to mid childhood.If so you would be immune. If not, adolescent or adult mono tends to be more intense and lengthy.It can pass through the saliva of asymptomatic persons either through direct or indirect contact. ...Read more

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What does an elevated monos pct mean?

What does an elevated monos pct mean?

CBC: I believe this may mean monocyte percent. ...Read more

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How could I explain the disease of mono?

Viral infection: Mononucleosis is a viral infection. The organism, Epstein Barr, is a sibling of herpes and chicken pox. You get it by being exposed and having your body not fight it off. The initial symptoms usually resolve in a few weeks. It takes an average of 3 months to be completely recovered; some sooner, some later. You are contagious only for the first few weeks. It is not highly contagious. ...Read more

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Is a second bout of mono from reexposure?

Recurrent mono: Usually you develop immunity to it after first exposure to it. ...Read more

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What should or should not I do with mono?

Do's and Don'ts: Avoid sharing utensils or kissing if someone has mononucleosis. If you have mono hydrate well, rest, use nsaid’s or tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain/ fever, gargle with warm salt water if your throat is sore & avoid contact sports if your spleen is enlarged. ...Read more

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What kind of things can mono tests detect?

What kind of things can mono tests detect?

MONO: A mono test will only test whether or not the patient has had a recent ebv infection causing mononucleosis. You can have mono with a negative mono test. In that case you need an ebv antibody panel done. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mono in children 2-4yrs?

What are the symptoms of mono in children 2-4yrs?

Very mild to none: At that age, they can have enlarged lymph nodes & spleen, or just fever & malaise. If your Mono Spot Test was positive, your doctor may draw one on your child if he has a febrile illness for a week or more. Try not to share saliva with your child or sneeze around him. ...Read more