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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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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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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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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

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What exactly causes puffy eyes in infectious mononucleosis?

Swollen lymph nodes: The most likely reason is that with mono, the lymph nodes in the head and neck become enlarged and then interfere with the return of lymph or tissue fluid back to the heart. There may be other factors as well. ...Read more

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How severe is infectious mononucleosis?

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How severe is infectious mononucleosis?

Depends: The core symptoms of fever and sore throat often resolve within a couple of weeks; however, the fatigue can last for months. Unfortunately, there is no efficacious way to treat the fatigue, as it's a sequela of the infection and not evidence of continued infection; that is, even if you had an antiviral for it, there would be no benefit. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Mononucleosis (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis is an infectious illness caused by a virus, called Ebstein 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