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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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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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I know that mononucleosis is caused by ebv, but is there a such thing as a "mono cell"?

I know that mononucleosis is caused by ebv, but is there a such thing as a "mono cell"?

Yes: No relation between mono cell and mono disease. Mon cell is a type of white cell which fight infection in the body. Mononucleosis is caused by ebv and many other viruses. ...Read more

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If some disease is contagious doesa that mean it has to be caused by a bacteria or virus?

If some disease is contagious doesa that mean it has to be caused by a bacteria or virus?

Both are possible: Both bacteria and viruses can be contagious. Always practice good hygiene. Washing you hands is the best prevention. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

Sure: Children with asperger's can be extremely bright and high functioning. This might not be readily diagnosed in all cases. ...Read more

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If fetus has a virus, what is it likely to be?

If fetus has a virus, what is it likely to be?

Whatever mom passed: A fetus can acquire any virus that circulates in the mothers blood during pregnancy. This can be something as simple as the flu, german measles, chickenpox, etc. The effect on baby depends on timing & the virus. ...Read more

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If a person has hep c antibodies but a undetectable PCR is it gone or can it be in the body dormant? Can it reactivate?

If a person has hep c antibodies but a undetectable PCR is it gone or can it be  in the body dormant? Can it reactivate?

Either is possible: Positive anibody test for Hepatitis C indicates only oast exposure. Negative PCR means the virus is undetectable which means it is inactive for the time being but with no guarantee that it had completely disappeared ...Read more

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If i'm a strep a carrier, how likely is it that my daughter is as well?

If i'm a strep a carrier, how likely is it that my daughter is as well?

Not from you: The risks of transmission to family members of strep pyogenes from a person carrying it but with no symptoms seems to be very low (kaplan el, "the group a streptococcal upper respiratory tract carrier state: an enigma." j. Pediatr. 1980;97(3):337). The chances of becoming a strep carrier from being a school-aged child are high enough; one estimate is over 20%. ...Read more

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Is it true that a spleenectomy is more dangerous as a child. Why?

Is it true that a spleenectomy is more dangerous as a child. Why?

Yes: In children, having a functional spleen is important for the development of long-term immunity to certain bacteria. If you lose or have to have your spleen removed early, you may be more susceptible to these bacteria. If the spleen is lost when you are an adult, however, you have already built up immunity to most of these organisms. ...Read more

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What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

What is the mumps a bacteria or a virus?

Virus: Mumps (or rubulavirus) is a virus. Infection can be prevented with immunization with the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...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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If a person has mouth cold sore and genital warts, what is that means? Is it sign of serious medical condition?

If a person has mouth cold sore and genital warts, what is that means? Is it sign of serious medical condition?

No, not at all: Both oral herpes (cold sores) and genital warts are very common conditions and many people have both. If neither problem is especially severe and if they respond to the usual treatments, it doesn't mean anything about your overall health, immune system, etc. Good luck with both-- ...Read more

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Genital wart is shrinking by itself (no medication yet). Is this a good sign that my immune system is acting on the virus or not necessarily?

Genital wart is shrinking by itself (no medication yet). Is this a  good sign that my immune system is acting on the virus or not necessarily?

Take HPV vaccine: Most women are able to eliminate HPV, the causative agent of warts. Taking HPV vaccine will protect you from other strains causing warts and cervical cancer. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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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