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My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

EBV infection: Mononucleosis is an infection caused by the ebstein-barr virus. Typically this infection causes a sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and occasionally an enlarged liver and spleen. The infection also is associated with a feeling of loss of energy. This infection is contagious, can last a long time, and enlargement of the spleen is a risk if involved in contact sports. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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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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How do you get mono?

How do you get mono?

Saliva: Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called kissing disease. Virus causing mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono. However, mononucleosis isn't as contagious as some infections, such as the common cold. ...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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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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How do the symptoms differ between just a regular cold and mono?

How do the symptoms differ between just a regular cold and mono?

Mono more miserable: A regular cold, caused by one of over 100 strains of cold viruses, usually causes a couple days of mild fever, some runny nose & cough for a week, and a few days of aches & tiredness. Mono, from ebv virus, can seem like a cold at first, but symptoms last longer and can cause prolonged fatigue. Tonsils and neck glands (lymph nodes) get swollen. Symptoms not seen in colds can occur, such as rashes. ...Read more

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How can I avoid mono when in a relationship?

Mononucleosis: Avoid sharing utensils or kissing if someone has mononucleosis. ...Read more

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For what length of time do mono symptoms last?

Mononucleosis: If you have mononucleosis the fever usually resolves within about 10 days. Swelling of lymph nodes & organs usually resolves within about a month. You may have fatigue from several weeks to several months. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for mono symptoms to go away?

Can be long: It depends on what symptoms you are questioning, but the general sense of being fatigued or run-down, fevers, muscle aches last for 2-4 weeks and the fatigue longer in some cases. It is variable in different people, but get your rest, take care of yourself. ...Read more

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Which type of treatment is there for mono symptoms?

Which type of treatment is there for mono symptoms?

Largely symptomatic: Some patients with severe symptoms may need steroids. Hydration, rest & Acetaminophen can be used to reduce both fever & pain. ...Read more

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Will getting my tonsils removed improve my chronic mono symptoms?

Will getting my tonsils removed improve my chronic mono symptoms?

No: The tonsils are swollen from mono but the virus is in your cells and can remain there for years. Having your tonsils removed will not reduce your chance of symptoms from chronic EBV ...Read more

Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mononucleosis (Definition)

Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis, or just "mono") is an illness caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. The infection may feature fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen lymph ...Read more