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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Mononucleosis (Definition)

Mononucleosis is a viral disease caused by EB Epstein Barr virus. It can last 10-14 days even up to weeks and become chronic on occasion. A mono assay test can reveal if present and on an CBC can see nucleated or atypical lymphocytes. Sore throat, fatigue, fevers are the main symptoms. Treatment remains bedrest, fluids and Advil 400 mg po q 6 hrs until no symptoms occur. Reg ...Read more


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If I've had mono already, can I get it again if I share glasses with someone else with mono?

If I've had mono already, can I get it again if I share glasses with someone else with mono?

Not good idea: Classic mononucleosis is caused by the epstein-barr virus (ebv). Other viruses can cause mono like diseases. Once you've had ebv, you get life long immunity. So you won't catch it again. But it's unwise to share glasses or other materials you put in your mouth with someone who's sick. Btw, ebv can be excreted in the urine for months after a person has recovered from the acute illness. ...Read more

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Once someone gets and recovers from mono can they get it again?

No, you only get: mono once. You develop antibodies which protect you from getting it again. The test for the mono antibodies will remain positive; that is why some people misinterpret their results and think they have it again. ...Read more

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If I've had mono a couple years ago, can I get it again by kissing someone who currently has it?

If I've had mono a couple years ago, can I get it again by kissing someone who currently has it?

U should B immune: Traditional ebv mono will give you long lasting immunity. There is some evidence that it can reactivate in those on immunosupressive agents or with weak immune systems, but you should be fine. There are more than one cause for mono like syndrome & if hers is from something different, you may be at risk. ...Read more

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Hello can someone could you help me get over mono please?

Hello can someone could you help me get over mono please?

See below: Mononucleosis is generally a self limited infection that resolves without treatment. If there are complications or a severe infection corticosteroids like Prednisone are sometimes used. The decision to treat with Prednisone would be your doctor's as there are potential complications from this treatment. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen can be taken for sore throat and fever. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get mono from someone who had it 4 months ago?

Is it possible to get mono from someone who had it 4 months ago?

Unlikely, but possibl: The contagious period for mono is generally considered the first 3-4 weeks. However, the virus then will go dormant in a patient and may intermittently return to be secreted in the saliva over months or years. ...Read more

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I've already had mono and my bf just got it, can i.Get it again from him?

I've already had mono and my bf just got it, can i.Get it again from him?

U should B immune: Traditional ebv mono will give you long lasting immunity. There is some evidence that it can reactivate in those on immunosuppressive agents or with weak immune systems, but you should be fine. There are more than one cause for mono like syndrome ; if his is from a different germ, you may be at risk. ...Read more

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If I shared food with someone who had mono when they were 2, will I get mono?

If I shared food with someone who had mono when they were 2, will I get mono?

Unlikely: While one has antibodies for life after being exposed to the virus that causes mono.

The virus should no longer be causing a problem. ...Read more

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Are multi-focal or bifocal contacts hard to get used to? I've been using mono-vision for years,

Are multi-focal or bifocal contacts hard to get used to? I've been using mono-vision for years,

Perhaps: Being fitted for bifocal contact lenses can be challenging. If you have been successful with mono-vision for years, it may make more sense to continue doing the same. You should discuss you individual visual requirements with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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If I have mono, can I give it to someone who already had it 3 years ago? In other words, will they get symptoms of mono again?

If I have mono, can I give it to someone who already had it 3 years ago? In other words, will they get symptoms of mono again?

EBV: Infectious mononucleosis can recur, since once you have been infected it never goes away. It is like a squatter you cannot evict. It is unlikely that you will be reinfected since you already have the virus within your body. Epstein barr virus is a herpes virus and all of them act the same way. Once you get them - they are always yours. ...Read more

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I've made out with a guy multiple times in the past few months who just found out he has mono what are the chances I will get it?

I've made out with a guy multiple times in the past few months who just found out he has mono what are the chances I will get it?

Depends on situation: Many of us acquire traditional ebv mono in infancy or childhood as a flu like illness that is not bad enough to go to the doctor or recognized if you did. If so, you may be immune. If you have been lip-locking for a while during his contagious period you had enough exposure to get it. Only time will tell. ...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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Can you please tell me about mono and how can you get it?

Can you please tell me about mono and how can you get it?

Transfer: Mono like many viral illnesses is often contageous before the person knows they are sick. It will end up in their saliva which may pass to their fingers when they touch their face. It then will contaminate any surface/object/doorknob/banister etc that it touches. People often pick up these germs by touching objects & then touching their face/mouth. This can be transmitted intimately but often is not ...Read more

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What is the youngest age that kids can get the typical mono syndrome?

What is the youngest age that kids can get the typical mono syndrome?

Possible at any age.: In developed countries, infants and young children who catch mononucleosis may have no symptoms, but any patient could present with sore throat, cold symptoms, headache, enlarged lymph nodes, fever, and/or liver or spleen enlargement or a rash. ...Read more

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How could someone get mono the day after I drank after someone with it?

How could someone get mono the day after I drank after someone with it?

Unlikely: With a normal incubation expected to run 4-6 weeks this is not likely to be your problem. ...Read more

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I kissed someone who recently took a small sip out of a cup that someone with mono had been using. Am I at risk to get mono? What should I do?

Nothing: We are exposed everyday, the virus is ubiquitous, and most of us developed antibodies against it. Developing the disease itself depends on several factors, and not necessarily every exposure would result in a disease, good luck ...Read more

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How do you get mono?

How do you get mono?

Saliva: Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called kissing disease. Virus causing mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono. However, mononucleosis isn't as contagious as some infections, such as the common cold. ...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