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Mononucleosis And Alcohol
If i had elevated liver enzymes and enlarged spleen due to mononucleosis, how long do I need to wait to drink alcohol?
How do you feel?: You'll know when you're ready because you'll feel fully recovered. I hope you're not in any hurry, and that for the rest of your life you'll drink sensibly. ...Read more
Mononucleosis is a viral disease caused by EB Epstein Barr virus. It can last 10-14 days even up to weeks and become chronic on occasion. A mono assay test can reveal if present and on an CBC can see nucleated or atypical lymphocytes. Sore throat, fatigue, fevers are the main symptoms. Treatment remains bedrest, fluids and Advil 400 mg po q 6 hrs until no symptoms occur. Reg ...Read more
? timing issue ?: Since mono often produces liver inflammation it is wise to avoid alcohol consumption while symptomatic. Since alcohol is broken down by the liver, the illness can intensify the risk of liver injury by alcohol. Most adults are symptomatic for 3-4 wks, while a few remain so for 3 months. Avoiding alcohol until you are well past the symptomatic stage is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Mono often causes liver inflammation and that is where the toxins in alcohol must be broken down. If you drink while the liver is already compromised, you increase the chance of liver injury.Light drinking might not stir up a big problem, but keeping that in mind could help you avoid some harsh consequences. ...Read more
Mono: Mono causes you to feel weak all by itself. It tends to make people tired and fatigued. Alcohol is a suppressant and causes drowsiness, slowed responses. Together, the effects will likely be exacerbated or made worse. I wouldn't recommend mixing the two, it could result in a very long rip van winkle-like nap. ...Read more
If i've had mono over a year, and i've been consuming alcohol periodically. Can that affect the liver permanately?
Alcohol: Periodic? How frequent? And how much at a time? Even binge 5 beers in weekends is alcoholism with severe long term personal and familial consequences. Mono does not leave long lasting consequences in the liver but mono+alcoholism do. Think of your family, or if single, of the severe consequencesss in your own life of resulting severe depression + severe anxiety that initially push you to drink. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi I was diagnosed with mono 3 weeks ago and am feeling a lot better. I am wondering when its okay to drink alcohol in moderation safely again?
Mono: can affect your liver and cause inflammation of that organ as well as the other glands that are affected. alcohol also can cause liver irritation so it should be restarted carefully if you didn't experience any abdominal pain or have blood tests showing your liver was irritated, would wait until you feel perfectly normal for at least 2 weeks. may want to check with your doctor Moderation is key ...Read more
How long should I wait after recovering from mono before drinking alcohol? I have been over it for a couple months now, if not a little more.
How much alcohol?: And was your liver affected? If you had mono hepatitis, you need to talk to your doctor and make sure your enzyme levels are completely normal. Truly social drinking (less than 2 drinks, a couple times a week at most) should not be a problem, but regular or heavier drinking may well be. Your own physician is the best person to answer this question, but my ? Is if alcohol is problem for you? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Mono has a variable effect on patients with some quite impaired and some with a light case. It has the tendency in most to cause inflammation of the liver, which will self heal over time but to your question.The liver must detoxify the alcohol you consume. In some patients it takes months before their liver heals. You might want to try it slow for a while. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could alcohol have the same effect on the liver while having mono in its incubation period versus while having full symptoms of mono?
Alcohol: Is likely to have the most adverse impact on liver health in a liver that has already been damaged by mononucleosis. ...Read more
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