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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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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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Is it possible to catch viral gastroenteritis whilst currently infected with cold virus? If so is that a dangerous combination?

Is it possible to catch viral gastroenteritis whilst currently infected with cold virus? If so is that a dangerous combination?

Multiple Virus: Yes, you certainly can be infected with multiple viral infections at once. Whether or not it is dangerous depends on the specific viral infections. Generally, a cold and gastrointestinal virus at the same time are not dangerous. They are however, very uncomfortable for the person who has them at the same time. The biggest threat is dehydration. Seek care if that is occurring. ...Read more

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Is cryptococcal meningitis a virus? Please advise! Also, how is it treated?

Is cryptococcal meningitis a virus? Please advise! Also, how is it treated?

No, it is a yeast: Cryptococcal meningitis is caused by a yeast named cryptococcus neoformans. It is treated with a combination of oral or intravenous meds along with some injected into the spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Need to know is tuberculosis contagious or is it the bacteria?

Need to know is tuberculosis contagious or is it the bacteria?

Yes.: Tuberculosis is caused by an infection with a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This bacteria can infect the lungs and other body sites. Tuberculosis is definitely contagious and can be spread from person to person. Tuberculosis can be a serious health problem and can require many months of therapy with multiple antibiotics to cure. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Is a fever contagious? Is it ok to attend to a person with a fever? Is it contagious that I should be worried? .

Is a fever contagious? Is it ok to attend to a person with a fever? Is it contagious that I should be worried?

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No: Fevers are not contagious, however the infection causing it may very well be. Until the source is known, you cannot be advised over the net as to whether you would be at risk. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is mononucleosis a serious virus to everybody?

Is mononucleosis a serious virus to everybody?

Mononucleosis: Mononucleosis is caused by epsteinbarr virus (eb virus), it causes mononucleosis.If you get infected it can cause a mild disease and not so mild in others. ...Read more

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Is CMV common in usa? Is it rare for it to be deadly?

Is CMV common in usa? Is it rare for it to be deadly?

CMV is very common: Yes. CMV infection is a very common childhood illness in most cases. There is currently a lot of research going on about chronic active infection with CMV and it's potential ties to other chronic and life threatening illnesses. It is rare for it to be deadly in and of itself. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to a virus?

Is it possible to be allergic to a virus?

Unlikely: Allergic reactions are generally to larger proteins (pollen, foods, venom) rather than very tiny DNA or RNA such as viruses. In people with eczema, however, there can be IgE antibody directed against Staph bacteria toxin. ...Read more

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Is HSP caused by some contagious virus? Is it safe to be around an HSP child?

Is HSP caused by some contagious virus? Is it safe to be around an HSP child?

No: Hsp is caused by the affected person's own immune system. It can happen after the person had an infection, but hsp is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is it safe to visit someone with hepatitis?

Is it safe to visit someone with hepatitis?

Yes!: Always use good hand hygiene when visiting anyone who is sick. You didn't mention what type of hepatitis your friend has--some types like hepatitis b and c are spread by contact with blood or sexual contact, so it is very unlikely you could be exposed to them by just a casual visit. Hepatitis a is commonly spread via food. You can have a nice visit without any direct physical contact. ...Read more

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Cold infection - when is it contagious? How long for the contagion? When is it necessary to see a doctor?

Cold infection - when is it contagious?  How long for the contagion?  When is it necessary to see a doctor?

Virus: The common cold is transmitted while you are symptomatic, by transfer of the organism nose to hand to hand to nose. Occasionally respiratory transmission possible. Hand washing, wearing a mask and general cleanliness ok. You need not see a doctor unless getting significantly worse. ...Read more

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Questions about pink eye/conjunctivitis? Does it always need to be treated? Is it contageous?

Questions about pink eye/conjunctivitis? Does it always need to be treated? Is it contageous?

Sometimes: Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, in which case it's contagious and needs to be treated with antibiotics. It can be viral, and then it's sometimes treated with medicines for inflammation. Viral conjunctivitis is contagious too. It can be allergic and treated with antihistamines, but allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract mono from kissing?

Is it possible to contract mono from kissing?

Yes: 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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Is it safe to be around someone with a stomach virus?

Is it safe to be around someone with a stomach virus?

Usually yes: If you practice good hygiene (don't share food or drinks, wash hands frequently, etc.) the chances of contagion are low in most cases. If someone is immunocompromised or chronically ill, extra precautions or isolation should be observed. Some viruses which cause vomiting may be spread via the respiratory tract, but that is not as common. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Yes, but!: Flying will not affect an eye infection. However, if you have bacterial pink eye, you are very contagious. If the infection is bacterial, it should be treated soon, as it can become troublesome. Please seek professional evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get reinfected with viral pinkeye?

Is it possible to get reinfected with viral pinkeye?

Yes: There are many viruses and bacteria that can cause eye infections. You can infected again with a different organism or even with the same one. ...Read more

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What is bacterial vaginosis? Is it a seriously infection can it make you infertil or cause cancer?

What is bacterial vaginosis? Is it a seriously infection can it make you infertil or cause cancer?

See below: Bacterial vaginosis results from an imbalance in the normal vaginal bacteria. It's quite common, not serious, and has been thought of as a nuisance in the past. It usually gives a whitish discharge and is readily treatable with antibiotics. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while I have an enlarged spleen/liver from infectious mononucleosis?

Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while I have an enlarged spleen/liver from infectious mononucleosis?

Yes: Your body has quite a tolerance when it comes to illness & it would let you know if it didn't like sleeping on your belly by not allowing it. I'd avoid bicycle riding, jogging, or contact sports, anything where you could fall & traumatize both organs, until their swelling subsided. ...Read more

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What is non infectious mononucleosis?

What is non infectious mononucleosis?

I do not know: Infectious mono is a serious viral mediated illness which is well known. Other viral, illnesses, and bacterial illnesses can cause similar symptoms of sore throat, nodes, malaise etc. ...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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What to do if I have infectious mononucleosis?

Listen to body: Overall, there are no medications to treat mono. Considering the average duration is 3 months, it is best to NOT push your activity levels. As you gradually improve, you gradually increase activity. Slow gradual resumption of normal activity is best. Since EB a sibling to herpes, OTC amino acid Lyseine and Rx for herpes may help one through the experience a bit more quickly ...Read more

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What can you tell me about infectious mononucleosis?

What can you tell me about infectious mononucleosis?

Virus: It is a virus, called epstein barr, that causes a generalized infection of the body. It usually lasts for weeks to months. The spleen enlarges due to recycling of damaged red blood cells. That makes it dangerous to do contact sports during the illness. Almost 100% of those infected recover completely and are immune to the virus for life afterwards. It is spread through body fluids. ...Read more

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What is the transmission for infectious mononucleosis?

What is the transmission for infectious mononucleosis?

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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Can you contract infectious mononucleosis more than once?

Can you contract infectious mononucleosis more than once?

No, but...: Classic infectious mono results from epstein-barr infection, but the first time you meet CMV and the first time you meet toxoplasmosis, exactly the same syndrome can happen to you. More importantly, acute HIV infections, a medical emergency, looks like infectious mono. A physician's office visit is in order. ...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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How is infectious mononucleosis serology interpreted?

How is infectious mononucleosis serology interpreted?

Surprise: When the serology test was first used it was thought to be diagnostic. Eventually it was found that most people were positive. It appears that the eb virus is an opportunist organism that is "waiting in the wings" for some body chemistry that provides its advantage. Then the serology titre (concentrration) goes up as the organism becomes active. ...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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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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If I had infectious mononucleosis and it went away, is there a chance that I get it again this semester?

If I had infectious mononucleosis and it went away, is there a chance that I get it again this semester?

Relapse of mononucle: Even though you can get a relapse og mononucleosis, you can not predict when it will happen and ifit will happen.Even thogh there is possibility of relapse you dont have to worry that you will get it back next semester.Do not worry in all probabilities it will not happen. ...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


Contagious (Definition)

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