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Why would my epstein barr virus continue to be high. Dont test positive for mono, it has been pn high side for over a year? Is this worrisome

Why would my epstein barr virus continue to be high. Dont test positive for mono, it has been pn high side for over a year? Is this worrisome

EBV: If you mean your antibody titers are high this is not uncommon and may stay that way for lifetime. It also depends upon which component of the EBV the antibodies are forming to, and also whether these are IgG or IgM antibodies. These tests are not easy to interpret and in the absent of symptoms would not worry about them. ...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 mono a virus or is it a gland that everybody has?

Is mono a virus or is it a gland that everybody has?

A virus infection: Mono is due to an infection by ebv virus, and is seen more often in teens and young adults. Ebv virus is contagious in the saliva. Younger kids who catch ebv usually do not get the mono syndrome of prolonged fatigue, aches, swollen lymph glands, huge tonsils, fevers, sore throat, swollen spleen, puffy face, etc... Patients get better after a couple weeks or longer. ...Read more

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My daughter tested positive for mono yesterday. how long has it been since she contracted the virus. she doesnt seem to b overly tired but had the sore throat and swollen glands.

My daughter tested positive for mono yesterday. how long has it been since she contracted the virus.  she doesnt seem to b overly tired but had the sore throat and swollen glands.

Mono testing: Given that she has other symptoms, it is likely that the disease contact was within the past week to 10 days. The mono test is based on development of IgM antibodies, which are the first ones to appear, and develop within about a week. Depending on the test, there can be other considerations, but her case sounds consistent with the common scenario. ...Read more

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How often does the virus causing mono reactivate in a person (but without symptoms)?

How often does the virus causing mono reactivate in a person (but without symptoms)?

Rarely: A mono patient will occasionally shed virus for years after their initial infection. The "chronic fatigue" described by some is not reactivated mono. Since there is more than one cause of mono like illness, it is not rare for someone to have a similar illness again. ...Read more

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Could i contract a cold virus while I have mono?

Mono: Mono or epstein barr virus infection can cause a system wide infection that in fact lowers your immune system to other infections. It is not uncommon to have more than one virus infection at a time.Concentrate on good hand washing, sleep and good nutrition. ...Read more

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Can glands still be tender from mono 4 months later?

Can glands still be tender from mono 4 months later?

Unusual, but yes: I personally have had a case of mono when i was 15, and was so fatigued with achy nodes that missed about 4 months of 10th grade.But this should be further evaluated. R liver function tests still elevated, is there enlargement of liver or spleen, are other nodes internally involved. Have check with internist or infectious disease specialist. You may need further test, eg a lymph node biopsy. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you contract a cold virus while you have mono?

Yes: Mono is caused by epstein-barr virus while colds are usually caused by rhinoviruses. You can have one or both of these infections simultaneously. ...Read more

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Can my boyfriend be a carrier for mono? Could i get infected with this virus and what are the symptoms

Can my boyfriend be a carrier for mono? Could i get infected with this virus and what are the symptoms

Mono : Mono can be carried by individuals for years, and can be the cause of illness in others. Signs to look for are : lack of energy/ fatigue a loss of appetite fever and chills severe sore throat swollen lymph nodes- enlarged glands in your neck if you have reason to believe you are infected, see your doctor right away for a diagnosis and instructions. Take care. ...Read more

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My son has a virus, not mono, he has already had that. But the tip of his spleen was palpable. Dr said common with a virus. Agree?

My son has a virus, not mono, he has already had that. But the tip of his spleen was palpable. Dr said common with a virus. Agree?

CMV? Other?: Your doctor is correct. True infectious mononucleosis is caused by Epstein Barr virus (EBV), but other viruses can cause mono-like illnesses with enlarged spleen. The most well known and perhaps most common is cytomegalovirus (CMV), but some cases are due to unknown viruses. Continue to follow-up with his doctor at least until his spleen returns to normal. ...Read more

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I had mono when I was younger and sometimes I feel like a low grade mono type thing comes back when I get a virus anything I can do?

I had mono when I was younger and sometimes I feel like a low grade mono type thing comes back when I get a virus anything I can do?

Rest and recuperate: The varied symptoms attributed to "mono" are common to a variety of viral illnesses. Thankfully, your progression into adulthood has validated a good basic immune system with your good basic health so far. When sick; sleep well, take breaks, eat a balanced nutrition and reduce exertion as needed. I know of no worthy supplements that make a difference in recovery. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more