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Long Term Effects Of Mono
Does mono have long term effects, everyday since I was diagnosed 15 years ago I keep colds, feel very tired and fatigue, and feel aches and joint pain?
Rarely: A simple blood test (ebv titers) can answer your question.
Very little: Although not knowing what you mean by an extreme form of mono, once having recovered from this it is not likely to create long=term issues.
Forever: The virus may stay in the body forever as do some other viruses like the chickenpox virus. Most of those infected with the virus will actively shed the germ in saliva for 3-4 weeks while a few do for 3 months. Some will occasionally transiently shed the virus in saliva on and off for many years. Symptoms rarely remain after the first 3 wk-3m period.Chronic fatigue is not caused by mono. (cdc).
Forever: The virus may stay in the body forever as do some other viruses like the chickenpox virus. Most of those infected with the virus will actively shed the germ in saliva for 3-4 weeks while a few do for 3 months. Some will occasionally transiently shed the virus in saliva on and off for many years. Symptoms rarely remain after the first 3 wk-3m period.Chronic fatigue is not caused by mono. (cdc).See 1 more doctor answer
HOW LONG MONO IS CON: How long a person is contagious there is no answer to that, as we don't know how long. Once you have mononucleosis the virus stays in your body and there is no way to know when you are and you are not contagious.
Variable: Most are contagious for 2-3 weeks, a few up to 3 months. Rarely a person can shed the germ in saliva off and on for years. Segregation during the active phase is often considered adequate. (2-3 wks).
Sxs + test: Sxs of mononucleosis may include: fever, sore throat, decreased appetite, feeling tired, feeling poorly overall, rash, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches & pain & an enlarged sleep. Coughing, shortness of breath, headaches, turning yellow, chest discomfort & rapid heart rate may also occur. You can be tested for mono.
Infectious Mono: A child can return to normal activiteis when they are free of fever, have resolved symptoms such as sore throat and fatigue and have resolved splenomegaly (if that was present at DX or on follow-up). There is no commercially available test to confirm the cessation of shedding of the causative eb virus. This virus is known to persist in saliva for weeks to months after resolution of other symptoms.
It is recommended: That you abstain from alcohol use for at least 4 weeks if you have mononucleosis (longer if you have continued symptoms or elevated liver function tests).
Troubles of mono: 'Infectious mononucleosis' can start 4–6 weeks after initial infection. Exposure to saliva is the route -hence the name the 'kissing disease'. Symptoms start gradually, but could be more sudden. The main symptoms (sore throat) may be preceded by 1–2 weeks of fatigue, malaise and body aches. Diagnosis can sometimes be tricky so hopefully you can see an experienced doc who will order the right tests
Docs opinion: That depends on how severe your case, what work you do and in the end your doctors clinical judgement.
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