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Dr. Michael Ein
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Mono (Overview)

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 name the "kissing disease."


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What kind of things can mono tests detect?

What kind of things can mono tests detect?

MONO: A mono test will only test whether or not the patient has had a recent ebv infection causing mononucleosis. You can have mono with a negative mono test. In that case you need an ebv antibody panel done. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Ein
764 doctors shared insights

Mono (Overview)

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 name the "kissing disease."


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What are the best treatments for severe mono?

What are the best treatments for severe mono?

Supportive.: The best (and likely only) treatment for mono is supportive, especially rest. It is wise to avoid excess physical activite so as not to have splenic rupture. Sometimes glucocorticoids/prednisone may be needed for inflammation obstructing the airway, but steroids are usually not used. ...Read more

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Treating Mono (Checklist)

Rest to build your immune system back up
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Take Tylenol or ibuprofen to control fever
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Keep follow-up appointments to monitor enlargement of the spleen
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Use lonzenges and gargle with salt water to relieve your sore throat
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How common are complications from mono?

How common are complications from mono?

Mononucleosis: Complications are not uncommon and may be more serious than the disease itself. They can include spleen enlargement, liver disease and jaundice. Blood disorders, myocarditis, meningitis, encephalitis and guillain-barre syndrome, and significant tonsil swelling. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mono?

What are the symptoms of mono?

Fever, fatigue, sore: Also sore throat, one may be fatigued have enlarged lymph nodes and feel generally ill and have a rash. Rarely one can have hepatitis with this. Please get all of the sleep rest and nutrition you can and follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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What's the symptom difference of mono and strep throat. ?

What's the symptom difference of mono and strep throat. ?

Similar but: Both cause very sore throat with swelling and fever. Both can be diagnosed readily with a rapid test. Mono rapid test is less accurate. Mono significant systemic symptoms such as fatigue, sleepiness, nausea, and the swelling tends to be more severe and more dramatic appearing. Strep gets better much faster and does justify antibiotics in children and teens. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/strep-throat/basics/symptoms/con-http://www.pennmedicine.org/encyclopedia/em_PrintArticle.aspx?gcid=000591 ...Read more

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What is the signs of mono my son thinks he might have it because he is sleeping a lot

What is the signs of mono my son thinks he might have it because he is sleeping a lot

Doubtful: Mono is characterized by sore throat, fever, swollen neck lymph nodes, splenomegaly, abnormal liver enzymes, atypical lymphocytosis and a postitive mono serology. ...Read more

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Was diagnosis with mono and herpes simplex I in scalp and have burning in back of throat and nasal passage too for 2 months is this related to diagnos?

Was diagnosis with mono and herpes simplex I in scalp and have burning in back of throat and nasal passage too for 2 months is this related to diagnos?

Maybe: herpes of the mouth is usually confined to lip areas or nasal opening "cold sores" in children it can appear in the throat mono can 'run you down' and you may be more vulnerable to infections of the throat and gums which may respond to antibiotics ...Read more

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When diagnosing epstein barr virus & mono , are they two different blood tests taken when determining the proper diagnoses ?

When diagnosing epstein barr virus & mono , are they two different blood tests taken when determining the proper diagnoses ?

Mono syndromes: 80% of mono is thought due to EB virus and various screening tests can point to that diagnosis.A simple CBC can show a predominance of "monocytes" among the white cells.A screening monospot can be positive. To be sure it is an acute EB virus related infection specific EB virus antibodies can be ordered that differentiate EB from a half dozen other possibilities.It is seldom necessary for treatm ...Read more

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How prevalent is the mono in the us?

How prevalent is the mono in the us?

Very common: 2 out of every 1, 000 teens have had mono or been exposed to mono. By the time we hit our forties, about 95% of americans have been exposed to mono. ...Read more

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Once u test positive for mono do u always test positive? I tested positive and have symptoms again. How is this?

Family practice : Tell your dr if he isn't aware you have had it before. Have your dr order an ebstein barr titer. Igg antibodies means previous infection and igm antibodies means an acute or recent illness. You can have a relapse of symptoms if you try too much too soon after having mono. ...Read more

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Enlarged spleen and diverticulosis. Any link? Both dx'd late teens, worstened over 20 yrs. Past tests neg. (mono, Crohn's). Will be seeing new doc

Enlarged spleen and diverticulosis. Any link? Both dx'd late teens, worstened over 20 yrs.  Past tests neg. (mono, Crohn's). Will be seeing new doc

No really.: There are many reasons for Enlarged spleen from Infectious etiology to Neoplastic. As you have been under care of doctor, these must have been screened and monitored. Diverticulosis of Intestine is benign condition. Good luck with the new doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have mono?

Can you tell me how to know if I have mono?

Testing: The most common symptoms are sore throat and fatigue. Often there is a low grade fever. There are too many other problems that can have similar symptoms. There is a screening test and a thorough blood test. The screen, as all screens, is not 100% reliable. A serum Epstein Barr profile is the most accurate test ...Read more

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Can the epstein-barr virus which causes mono cause cancer?

Can the epstein-barr virus which causes mono cause cancer?

In certain...: ...Conditions, yes. In particular, when it happens simultaneously with malaria, it can cause burkitt's lymphoma, a common cancer in africa. ...Read more

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What are the signs of fatigue and does this mean mono?

What are the signs of fatigue and does this mean mono?

Fatigue: Fatigue means tiredness. The person has a feeling of little or no energy, and may want to sleep much more than usual. They feel listless. Mono is one possible cause, but far from the only one. Please see your physician about this, because there are many, many possible reasons you feel fatigued. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics treat mono?

Can antibiotics treat mono?

No, it is viral: Mono is an infection by ebv virus, and is seen more often in teens or 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 glands, huge tonsils, fevers, sore throat, swollen spleen, etc... Occasionally, middle ear or sinus infections, or a coincidental strep throat, occur and need antibiotics. ...Read more

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How is mono treated and diagnosed?

How is mono treated and diagnosed?

Often no treatment..: The diagnosis is often made based on your symptom patterns as well as lab/blood test which is easily done. Often, mono is mild and no specific treatment is needed. If you have splenic enlargement, avoid contact sports etc..Otherwise, it generally resolves without treatment. In very rare/severe case, u ay need hospital care, possible steroid etc... If you are concerned, consult doc.. Good luck.. ...Read more

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Ongoing polymyositis treatment @5mg prednisone&500mg sulfasalazine/day&17.5mg methotrexate/wk...What are appropriate jo1, wbc, abs mono, etc results?

Ongoing polymyositis treatment  @5mg prednisone&500mg sulfasalazine/day&17.5mg methotrexate/wk...What are appropriate jo1, wbc, abs mono, etc results?

Speak to your MD: With all due respect, your best place for this source of information is the physician providing your care, who knows you as a patient, your medical condition, and any other factors that may influence your treatment and results. This type of forum is best suited for general information on a topic, but not advice on specific care of a complicated problem. ...Read more

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