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Is It Possible To Get Mono More Than Once
More than one cause: Traditional mononucleosis describes a flu like illness with fever, swollen glands & the appearance of monocytes ( a white blood cell type) in the blood. About 90% of cases are caused by the eb virus, a member of the herpes virus family.Once experienced, immunity should be lifelong. Other agents like CMV virus, toxoplasma gondii, & adeno virus can cause a similar illness. ...Read more
Can I get mono more than once? I'm on immune suppressing drugs for Crohn's and I feel like I have mono again.
Yes: Mono a syndrome, named for the predominance of a particular white cell, the monocyte during the active illness. 80% is triggered by the EB virus, while a hand full of other viruses and germs can produce similar symptoms/monocyte predominance. If immune suppressed, you are more likely to have such problems.Confer with your doc as needed to manage symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Once : Once a patient has had mono, they will always test positive for the virus. In general, patients only get true mono one time, but if the patient is very "run-down", or susceptible from physical stressors, the virus can re-activate and cause mono symptoms and can also be contagious again. ...Read more
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