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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
One month later: It isnt so much a relapse but more like never getting over the initial illness. Seek help. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer