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Can I have a mono relapse? Got it a yr ago...

Can I have a mono relapse? Got it a yr ago...

Yes: Yes, it is possible to have a recurrence (re-activation) of the ebv viral infection that caused a person's mono some time ago. A primary care doctor can evaluate, and may order some blood tests (for ebv antibodies) after examining the patient. ...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 a mono relapse possible? My boyfriend and I both had it last year and are experiencing the same symptoms again this year

Is a mono relapse possible? My boyfriend and I both had it last year and are experiencing the same symptoms again this year

Mononucleosis: Once infected, mono stays in your body. You don't contract mono a second time, although some of the symptoms are common and nonspecific, like fatigue, sore throat, muscle or joint aches. Probably this is not mono. ...Read more

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I heard that mono can increase your risk for lymphoma. Does the mono just relapse as lymphoma and if so how do you know if it does?

I heard that mono can increase your risk for lymphoma. Does the mono just relapse as lymphoma and if so how do you know if it does?

Very unlikely: Epstein Barr virus (EBV), the cause of infectious mononucleosis (mono), also can rarely cause lymphoma. The risk of future lymphoma is somewhat higher in people who have had mono, but still very low. The initial symptom of lymphoma usually is the appearance of one or more painless enlarged lymph nodes. Discuss w/ your doctor, but don't lose sleep over this! It is truly a rare problem. ...Read more

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Can i relapse from mono a few weeks later?

Can i relapse from mono a few weeks later?

Recurrence of mono?: Usually there is no recurrence however there can be other opportunist infections when the body resistance is down. ...Read more

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It possible to be relapsing with mono and not show any obvious symptoms? Blood tests would be abnormal?

It possible to be relapsing with mono and not show any obvious symptoms? Blood tests would be abnormal?

Not likely relapse.: Infectious mononucleosis has 2 big causes. Cytomegalovirus (cmv), and epstein-barr virus (ebv). CMV has high fevers with chills, fatigue, and malaise. The main lab finding is peripheral lymphocytosis with over 10% atypical lymphocytes on blood smear. Ebv has pharyngitis and cervical lymphadenopathy. In both cases, infants may be asymptomatic or show mild diseaese, though CMV has side effects. ...Read more

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I am just getting over mono, what should I be eating and doing to rebuild my body? Also, how common is it to relapse back into mono?

I am just getting over mono, what should I be eating and doing to rebuild my body? Also, how common is it to relapse back into mono?

Normal diet: You should eat a normal diet. Your body is trying to recover and it needs all the building blocks it can get. You won't relapse into mono. However, your immune system is weak and you may be susceptible to other infections if you are slow to recover. ...Read more

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After being sick for a while from mono, can you have a relapse a month later?

After being sick for a while from mono, can you have a relapse a month later?

One month later: It isnt so much a relapse but more like never getting over the initial illness. Seek help. ...Read more

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How to deal with mono?

Mononucleosis: If you have mono hydrate well, rest, use nsaid’s or tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain/ fever, gargle with warm salt water if your throat is sore ; avoid contact sports if your spleen is enlarged. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What to do about mono pain?

What to do about mono pain?

Depends: This depends where the pain is, whether you have throat pain, spleen pain, headaches, etc. As the pain should be fairly short lived, you should speak to your physician who is caring for your mono and they should be able to prescribe something for your pain. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can mono last for 4 months?

Mono...: …is usually caused by the Epstein Barr virus or CMV (cytomegalovirus). The initial infection typically only lasts for 2-3 weeks but the fatigue and some other symptoms can last for many months afterward and are mainly caused by the immune system’s reaction to the virus itself. If you have symptoms that are prolonged it is best to se your doctor for evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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How does mono stat 3 work ?

How does mono stat 3 work ?

Monostat: Monostat is a topical antifungal treatment. Miconazole works by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol, a component of fungal cell membranes. ...Read more

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What are the stages of mono?

There are no stages: Mono causes sore throat fever malaise lymph node swelling in neck. It can take several weeks for complete revovery. ...Read more

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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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Does mono ever fully go away ?

Define "go away" ?: The clinical illness certainly fades over time in people. Years ago there was some idea that chronic fatigue was related to mono but the CDC reviewed the data and found that to be discredited. The germ involved is from a family of viruses that can hibernate in your system forever. So you can get over the illness but retain the germ in your system.You might also shed the germ intermittently. ...Read more

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What are "lymphs" and "monos"?

White blood cells: Lymphocytes and monocytes. Two classes of your friends who fight infections and invaders. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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What is mono? how do you get it?

What is mono? how do you get it?

Saliva: Mono is usually caused by the EB virus and for many it will happen as an unremarkable viral infection in early to mid childhood.If so you would be immune. If not, adolescent or adult mono tends to be more intense and lengthy.It can pass through the saliva of asymptomatic persons either through direct or indirect contact. ...Read more

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