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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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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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What does an elevated monos pct mean?

What does an elevated monos pct mean?

CBC: I believe this may mean monocyte percent. ...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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How is mono treated?

How is mono treated?

In almost all cases,: The classical infectious mononucleosis illness caused by epstein-barr virus is treated symptomatically. ...Read more