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How do the symptoms differ between just a regular cold and mono?

How do the symptoms differ between just a regular cold and mono?

Mono more miserable: A regular cold, caused by one of over 100 strains of cold viruses, usually causes a couple days of mild fever, some runny nose & cough for a week, and a few days of aches & tiredness. Mono, from ebv virus, can seem like a cold at first, but symptoms last longer and can cause prolonged fatigue. Tonsils and neck glands (lymph nodes) get swollen. Symptoms not seen in colds can occur, such as rashes. ...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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How do symptoms differ between strep and mono? Presented in 2 yr old 

How do symptoms differ between strep and mono? Presented in 2 yr old 

Strep vs mono: The fact is that the symptoms of these two diseases are not distinguishable on clinical grounds. They both present with severe sore throat (of course a 2-year old can't tell you that, so they just fuss and refuse to eat), often fever, often upset stomach. Strep is diagnosed by a culture or antibody test (throat swab) and mono is diagnosed by a blood test called the "mono spot" test. ...Read more

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Sore throat no strep flu symp no flu no mono after all testing smoked after someone with cold but got flu symptoms for 8 days is that possible?

Sore throat no strep flu symp no flu no mono  after all testing smoked after someone with cold but got flu symptoms for 8 days is that possible?

Mgt: Please avoid all smoke exposure, particularly while Iill with a respiratory infection. Viral illnesses may last for two to three weeks, but should you should feel better as the infection resolves. Secondary infections may occur- please monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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Have had a sore throat and cold symptoms for about a month. Didn't do mono test because he wouldn't do anything anyways. Should I worry about spleen?

Have had a sore throat and cold symptoms for about a month. Didn't do mono test because he wouldn't do anything anyways. Should I worry about spleen?

Splenomegaly: If you are truly concerned that you have mononucleosis, enlargement of the spleen should be a concern. Not everyone develops splenomegaly, but when it occurs it usually start about two weeks after symptoms of infection develop. An enlarged spleen is usually easy to palpate (feel) by an experienced examiner. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes cold symptoms some low fever got a rash after taking amox. No white throat do I have mono?

I have swollen lymph nodes cold symptoms some low fever got a rash after taking amox. No white throat do I have mono?

You could have: mononucleosis....a simple blood test will give the answer. However your illness sound like an ordinary cold virus! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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15 year old boy has had sore throat for 2 weeks one swollen lymph node on right side he has no fever no cold symptoms. Negative strep and mono test

15 year old boy has had sore throat for 2 weeks one swollen lymph node on right side he has no fever no cold symptoms. Negative strep and mono test

Probably virus: Your description is that of a typical viral pharyngitis. If the sore throat persists longer than two more weeks, then take him back to the doctor. Seems as though the doctor did all that is indicated in this case from your brief description. ...Read more

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Sore throat with phlegm for7days ¬ improving.no runny nose or other cold/flu symptoms.had mono in 2009.strep negative.I feel awful&fatigued.

Sore throat with phlegm for7days ¬ improving.no runny nose or other cold/flu symptoms.had mono in 2009.strep negative.I feel awful&fatigued.

Follow up with Doc: Follow up with your PCM if you are not improving, particularly if you are running a fever or if your cough is getting worse. Rapid Strep tests are helpful diagnostic tools, but are often falsely negative. A Strep culture is more reliable, but takes 3-4 days for results. Bottom line, if you are feeling worse, your Physician will want to know. ...Read more

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I have kissed someone who just found out he has mono what are the chances I have it? What symptoms should I look for?

I have kissed someone who just found out he has mono what are the chances I have it? What symptoms should I look for?

Flu-like symptoms: With mono, you may just have a sore throat and general illness symptoms. The most common detail is that symptoms continue for weeks - you may be sick and tired for a month. If you have felt sick for several weeks, and it doesn't seem to be going away; it may be worth getting a blood test to see if you have mononucleosis. ...Read more

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How to know if I have mono or just a really bad infection/cold?

How to know if I have mono or just a really bad infection/cold?

Exam/tests: This is really not something you can confirm on your own.An office evaluation wit any indicated tests would sort this out. ...Read more