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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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Are you contagious during incubation prriod of mono?

Are you contagious during incubation prriod of mono?

Complicated: Probably not infectious during the 4-7 week of incubation of the virus in your system because you are in the process of becoming infected with the virus. It has not yet taken hold of your system . After that, it can surface with symptoms or no symptoms at all and you can pass it on to others in your saliva. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Infectious mononucleosis?

What is the definition or description of: Infectious mononucleosis?

Mono: 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 MD if symptoms progres ...Read more

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Infectious mononucleosis = kissing disease?

Infectious mononucleosis = kissing disease?

Kissing: Epstein barr virus the cause of mononucleosis is spread by kissing. Once you are infected you shead virus in your saliva for 18 months, long after you've recovered. ...Read more

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How is infectious mononucleosis serology diagnosed?

How is infectious mononucleosis serology diagnosed?

Mono serology: You can do a spot test for heterophile antibody or send the blood to lab for it.You can also send the blood for epstrin barr antigen which is not normally present in blood.You can also do immunoglobulin m(igm)test which shows acute infection.Igg will be positive for past infection with mononucleosis. ...Read more

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What is treatment for infectious mononucleosis?

What is treatment for infectious mononucleosis?

RX FOR MONONUCLEOSIS: It is a self limiting disease so only symptomatic and supprted treatment is given.Rest during the acute period.Once acute system is over then avoid heavy activiti and contact sport should be avoided to prevent rupture of the spleen for at least 4 weeks after the infection or till spleen is no more palpable sometimes we use Prednisone and for pain or fever ibuprofen, valacyclovir inacute cases. ...Read more

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How do you know you have infectious mononucleosis and not flu?

How do you know you have infectious mononucleosis and not flu?

Mononucleosis&Flu: Both conditions have different presentation and there is no similarity in symptoms and signs and lab tests.The flu has high fever, cough, congestion and body and head aches and patints are quite sick and can cause pnumonia in some cases and may need hospitalisation mononuceosis presents with sore throat and enlarged glands, may be low grade fever, liver and spleen may be palpable.Labs are different. ...Read more

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Is it safe to visit a person with infectious mononucleosis and not get sick?

Is it safe to visit a person with infectious mononucleosis and not get sick?

Yes: It is best not to kiss on the mouth unless you have already had infectious mono or know yourself to have had epstein-barr infectious mono yourself. ...Read more

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Can someone who has CMV and had infectious mononucleosis get it over and over throughout their life?

Can someone who has CMV and had infectious mononucleosis get it over and over throughout their life?

You can get CMV ONLY: Infectious mononucleosis gradually clears up and you don't get it again but CMV can flare up when your immune system is weak due to any cause. ...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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more