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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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Should a child go back to school tomorrow, after just being diagnosed with mono?

Should a child go back to school tomorrow, after just being diagnosed with mono?

Probably not: At the onset mosr kids are still contagious but this period of time is hard to determine. The child may be overly tired and lethargic and school would not be beneficial if he can't even stay awake. When to return varies from patient to patient and it probably is best to talk with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Even though I have mono, can I start school?

Even though I have mono, can I start school?

Mono: Recovery time for mononucleosis is variable. If you are able to stay up and do things you normally do on a daily basis and do not get tired and drowsy, you may return to school. ...Read more

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How long would you keep someone you think might have mono home from school?

How long would you keep someone you think might have mono home from school?

Simple ,read below: You can go back to school or work when you feel better. But you may need to avoid sports or other physical activities for at least a month. That's because mono can cause one of the organs in your body to become bigger than it should be.You will probably start to feel better in 1 to 2 weeks. But it can be a month or more before you get back to normal. Most people get over mono with no lasting prob. ...Read more

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How many days should your child miss school from mono?

How many days should your child miss school from mono?

Maybe none: It is not necessary to miss any school with mono. It is not very contagious as it is passed by direct contact with bodily secretions. While some children with mono may be too ill to attend school for a time, others may not be that ill. It is best to do what you can do without overdoing it. Overdoing it can make you feel worse, while lying around unnecessarily will make you sick longer. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w mono 3 weeks ago. I was out of school for 2 wks and went back to school for this past week. I feel a lot better. And Almost back to normal. When will I be able to kiss my boyfriend again without getting him sick?

I was diagnosed w mono 3 weeks ago. I was out of school for 2 wks and went back to school for this past week. I feel a lot better. And Almost back to normal. When will I be able to kiss my boyfriend again without getting him sick?

Hard to say: Many get this as kids and are immune for life so he would not be at risk. You were likely contagious before you realized it and may have already exposed him.While most remain contagious for at least 3 weeks ,some can shed virus for months after an infection.This is just something the two of you need to work through. He'll probably accept the minor risk and be glad you are back. ...Read more

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Should you skip school if you have mono?

Mono: If one has infectious mononucleosis standard precautions are needed. No need to skip school unless feeling very sick and needs to rest. Contact sports to be avoided in case of splenomegaly till it resolves. ...Read more

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How do children get mono and is it contageous? My son is 6 and going to be 7 in a few months. He goes to public school in hawaii

How do children get mono and is it contageous? My son is 6 and going to be 7 in a few months.  
He goes to public school in hawaii

Infectious : Infectious mono is a viral illness caused by the epstein barr virus (ebv). It is spread primarily through saliva which is why it is also known as the "kissing disease", but can also be spread through sharing eating utensils. Even among people who catch ebv, many are not symptomatic, so special precautions (such as no kissing) are not needed. 95% of adults aged 35-40 have been exposed to it at some point and have immunity to it - at least 50% of them had no symptoms of mono. I attached a link to the page on ebv from the center for disease control with more information. ...Read more

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I think i might have mono. Still waiting on blood test results. Is it ok to be in school in the meantime?

I think i might have mono. Still waiting on blood test results. Is it ok to be in school in the meantime?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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If diagnosed with mono, does one need to stay home from work at office- type job, and/or from school? If so, for how long? (to avoid transmission)

If diagnosed with mono, does one need to stay home from work at office- type job, and/or from school? If so, for how long? (to avoid transmission)

No: People who get infectious mononucleosis can shed virus and infect other people for months to years after becoming ill, but mono is not a super contagious illness. You can go back to work or school when your fatigue is better and your energy is up to it. The main concern is for sports. The spleen can get quite enlarged in mono and can even rupture, so get checked out before going back to sports. ...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