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Can mono have caused a lowered immune system?

Can mono have caused a lowered immune system?

"immune system" ??: People with compromised immune systems can develop several complications of the virus. The virus itself leads to generalized weakness / fatigue which can be prolonged and may be mislabeled as a weakened "immune system" but generally does't further impair response to other infections. Poor nutrition, stress , lack of sleep and even loneliness are factors that can adversely effect our immune syst ...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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Is it possible that mono caused a lowered immune system?

Is it possible that mono caused a lowered immune system?

Yes: The virus that causes mono infects immune system cells and can change the immune system in a variety of ways. Usually, the changes are only temporary. ...Read more

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I had a very bad case of mono about a year ago, even after a year can it still make my immune system weak and vulnerable?

I had a very bad case of mono about a year ago, even after a year can it still make my immune system weak and vulnerable?

No, not likely: Mono does cause infection in the Lymphocytes but the infection clears up in a matter of few weeks and the Lymphocyte count(these are the immune cells) return to normal within 4-6 weeks. Your immune system should be normal by now. So get your mind off of it and live a normal life. ...Read more

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I heard mono is the disease that never dies. Is this true, does mono truely never leave your body? Will your immune system be permanently weakened?

I heard mono is the disease that never dies. Is this true, does mono truely never leave your body? Will your immune system be permanently weakened?

EBV: The epstein barr virus, like other herpesviruses, remains in your body for a lifetime once you have acquired it. Fortunately it seldom produces recurrences of disease but simply remains dormant in your body. Whether this in any way affects your immune system is not completely known, but if it does it is not likely for you to notice it, and you will also be sharing it with almost all other people. ...Read more

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After having mono is your immune system weak for a long time?

Can be: But not necessarily. Mono can be a mild or significant illness. I have found that chinese medicine is the best answer!. All my mono patients I have see the chinese medicine practitioners. Recovery is shorter, the immune system restores quicker, fatigue is less, any lab abnormalities resolve faster. Look into it. You will be pleased. ...Read more

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How does a 2 year old get mono? Immune system problem? How long will it last?

How does a 2 year old get mono? Immune system problem? How long will it last?

Close contact: Around the world eb virus infections (mono) are commonly experienced in early childhood. The virus is spread in the saliva of both symptomatic & some asymptomatic patients & can live for several hours outside the body. Incubation can be 30-50 days & symptoms can be minimal, last o few weeks or a few months in < 10%90% of adults have been infected in their lifetime. ...Read more

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I Had mono 30 years ago, now my daughter has it, and my immune system is compromised, What are the chances that I can get it again?

Depends: Usually, once you have had an infection, your immune system remembers that and you have a lower risk of getting that infection again. Mono sometimes can recur despite this. The real question is what type of immune system compromise you have. ...Read more

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After having mono, is your immune system going to be weak the rest of your life?

After having mono, is your immune system going to be weak the rest of your life?

Mono: No. Mono doesn't weaken the immune system. The textbook states that one cannot come down with mononucleosis again but there are exceptions. ...Read more

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I had a very very bad case of mono about a year and a half ago, even after a year and a half of having it can I still have a weak immune system today?

I had a very very bad case of mono about a year and a half ago, even after a year and a half of having it can I still have a weak immune system today?

More details: We need to know what you meant by having a weak immune system. Do you have frequent infections especially those involving the sinuses and the lungs? Do you have frequent skin boils? These are just some of the examples. ...Read more

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95% of people carry EBV but only a few get mono. Does that mean these few have much weaker immune system and potential to get more serious stuff? Help

95% of people carry EBV but only a few get mono. Does that mean these few have much weaker immune system and potential to get more serious stuff? Help

No difference: There is no known difference in the immune systems between people who get symptoms of mononucleosis when they catch HIV and those who don't have mono. And those with or without obvious mono are not known to have any higher risk of other complications of EBV, such as rare cases of lymphoma. ...Read more