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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Mono

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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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What is the long term consequences of having an extreme form of mono at the age of 12?

What is the long term consequences of having an extreme form of mono at the age of 12?

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.

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How long does mono last?

How long does mono last?

2-3 wks: For most teens or adults this would gradually improve by 2-3 weeks which is the general contageous period. A subset of 1/4 may have persisting problems (tired, lethargic) for 2-3 mo. There is a myth about a "chronic" mono (yrs) that has been refuted by the CDC.

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How long does mono last?

How long does mono last?

2-3 wks: For most teens or adults this would gradually improve by 2-3 weeks which is the general contageous period. A subset of 1/4 may have persisting problems (tired, lethargic) for 2-3 mo. There is a myth about a "chronic" mono (yrs) that has been refuted by the CDC.

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How long can mono stay in body?

How long can mono stay in body?

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).

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I really need to know how long mono stays?

I really need to know how long mono stays?

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).

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How long is mono contagious?

How long is mono contagious?

Until better: Most viral infections, including mono, are infectious most at the outset, even before you fall ill. Once you are feeling better, you are usually no longer infectious.

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How long do you miss work for mono?

That depends on: Severity of illness. Some people may be able to continue going to work where as other people may need to take weeks off.

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How long does it take to get over mono?

How long does it take to get over mono?

Most 2-3 wks: For most teens or adults this would gradually improve after 2-3 weeks. A subset of 1/4 may have persisting problems for 2-3 mo. There is a myth about a "chronic" mono (yrs) that has been refuted by the CDC.

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How long is a person contagious with mono?

How long is a person contagious with mono?

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.

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I'm wondering how long is mono contagious for?

I'm wondering how long is mono contagious for?

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).

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How long before you can tell if you have mono?

How long before you can tell if you have mono?

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.

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How long does a child need to stay home when she has mono?

How long does a child need to stay home when she has 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.

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How long do you have to wait after mono before you can drink?

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).

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If I have Mono, how long to I have to wait before I can workout again?

If I have Mono, how long to I have to wait before I can workout again?

Need more info: It all depends on your general health and what kind of workout you want to do without affecting your liver. Your family physician or the physician who diagnosed the Mono can give you the best answer

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How long could I have had mono before I experienced symptoms and was diagnosed?

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

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How long do you have to wait before starting to exercise again after having mono?

How long do you have to wait before starting to exercise again after having mono?

Go slowly: First, make sure your spleen does not get subjected to possible injury during your exercise. Then progress slowly and only until you begin to experience fatigue. It may take some time until you feel entirely whole again. This can be a bad disease.

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I am being tested for mono. How long do I have to be off work if I actually do have mono.?

I am being tested for mono. How long do I have to be off work if I actually do have mono.?

Docs opinion: That depends on how severe your case, what work you do and in the end your doctors clinical judgement.