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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Mononucleosis (Definition)

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


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My 4.5 years old son always suffered with adenoids but after mononucleosis these disappeared, is it possible? Now he breaths well but always voiceless!

My 4.5 years old son always suffered with adenoids but after mononucleosis these disappeared, is it possible? Now he breaths well but always voiceless!

Voice changes: Dear mom, infectious mononucleosis causes swelling of lymph tissue including tonsils and adenoids so your story is confusing. Why do you think he no longer has adenoid problems? Adenoids cannot be seen by looking in the throat. See pic. Persistent hoarseness and voicelessness needs an evaluation by a pediatrician and perhaps an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Is it normal for mononucleosis to cause tingling in the face and hands in adults?

Is it normal for mononucleosis to cause tingling in the face and hands in adults?

Tingling: Is not typically seen unless one hyperventilated, has a high fever or an electrolyte imbalance. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is mononucleosis painful?

Is mononucleosis painful?

Yes: Generally you can have symptoms similar to the flu or a bad cold. You can also have a very severe sore throat with enlarged tonsils. ...Read more

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Mononucleosis cause and cure?

Mononucleosis cause and cure?

Virus: The cause of mononucleosis is the epstein- barr virus. There is no cure. The virus will run its course in time. Meanwhile lots of rest is in order, and avoid contact sports, because sometimes the liver or spleen can be enlarged and more susceptible to injury. ...Read more

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Can you die from mononucleosis?

Can you die from mononucleosis?

Rarely: A few boys/men have a genetic defect that causes progressive illness with epstein barr virus (ebv) infection. In most people ebv causes a self limited febrile illness, ie. Mono. Ebv is implicated in some cancers, e.g., burkitt lymphoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, which can be lethal. ...Read more

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What are mononucleosis symptoms?

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What are mononucleosis symptoms?

Symptoms include: Fever, fatigue, swollen tonsils, swollen lymph nodes, rash, sore throat, malaise, headache, just to name a few. Consult your doctor if you suspect mono. ...Read more

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Does mononucleosis last forever?

No: The standard adult case generally runs its course in 3-4 wks with a fraction that persist to 3 months. (5%) the "chronic fatigue syndrome" popularized in the media is not due to mono. Someone who has had mono can intermittently secrete mono germs in their saliva for quite a while after the infection. Kids tend to have a shorter milder case. ...Read more

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What is mononucleosis white count?

Number of white cell: A mono white count is the number of white blood cells in your blood stream when you have mononucleosis. Typically the wbc's are more lymphocytes and those lymphocytes look more 'fuzzy' under the microscope than usual lymphocytes. These lymphocytes are actively fighting off the epstein barr virus. ...Read more

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Exercising with mononucleosis, how?

Exercising with mononucleosis, how?

Not in early phase: There is a risk of spleen rupture in the early phase of the disease, contact sports should be avoided for 3 month. Aerobic excessive could be resume earlier. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about mononucleosis?

Could you tell me about mononucleosis?

Mononucleosis: Mononucleosis is an infection which can be caused by the epstein-barr virus or the cytomegalovirus. It causes swollen lymph nodes, sore throat ; fever and is spread when people have close contact. It is sometimes called the kissing disease. Avoid sharing utensils or kissing if someone has mononucleosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mononucleosis?

What are the symptoms of mononucleosis?

Sore throat, fever: Headache, tiredness, swollen lymph nodes, occasionally a rash. You should be tested if you have these, as it could also be several other things that would respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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Where did mononucleosis originate from?

Where did mononucleosis originate from?

By a virus: Etebstein bar virus
causes lymph node enlargment
enlarged liver and spleen and general feeling of being tired with lowgrade fever ...Read more

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What do you recommend for mononucleosis?

What do you recommend for mononucleosis?

Treat symptoms: Infectious mononucleosis is a viral infection that commonly causes sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. The main treatments are hydration and symptomatic care. Often times the liver and spleen are swollen and painful so contact sports should be avoided for the duration of the illness. ...Read more

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What complications can mononucleosis commonly cause?

What complications can mononucleosis commonly cause?

Several: The most worrisome is the swelling of the spleen, that can rupture after trauma and allow you to bleed to death. The rest are more manageable, including extension of "illness" duration up to 3 months, etc. ...Read more

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What are natural or home remedies for mononucleosis?

What are natural or home remedies for mononucleosis?

Interesting question: Mono is caused by the epstein barr virus and the blood test is actually positive in about 90% of the population. That means that the virus is present in nearly eferyone and awaits its opportunity to become active. The best prevention is good diet, exercise and rest. Intravenous vitamins are very safe and effective but not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Could everyone get mononucleosis in their life time?

Most do: Studies reveal that 90% of adults have antibody levels that verify a previous infection. Studies on the elderly have not been reported to see if this increases in later years. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you die to from mononucleosis?

Unlikely: You may be so tired you feel like you want to die....I have had not heard of it causing anyone's death. My best recommendation for mono is to see an acupuncturist and chinese medicine practitioner to help you recover faster. ...Read more

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How many people in the U.S. suffer from mononucleosis?

Many: mono is a common viral infection that many people, even very young children, experience. In many cases it is not diagnosed because the symptoms are not the classic swollen, pus-coated tonsils, large swollen glands, and extreme tiredness. It can be diagnosed by blood testing and many people if a blood test is done have evidence of a previous infection ...Read more

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What do you suggest to relate mononucleosis to nutrition?

What do you suggest to relate mononucleosis to nutrition?

No specific relation: Nutritional deficiencies may make the disease worse due to interferance with immune response, e.g., due to vitamin a deficiency, otherwise there is no specific relation of mono to nutrition.
http://www. Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/infectious-mononucleosis-topic-overview. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me which complications can mononucleosis cause?

Mono complications: Some mononucleosis complications include: enlarged or ruptured spleen, meningitis, seizures, guillain- barre syndrome, bell’s palsy, anemia, hepatitis, orchitis ; bacterial infection (throat). ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what complications can mononucleosis cause?

Can anyone tell me what complications can mononucleosis cause?

Complications: Some mononucleosis complications include: enlarged or ruptured spleen, meningitis, seizures, guillain- barre syndrome, bell’s palsy, anemia, hepatitis, orchitis ; bacterial infection (throat). ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will my mononucleosis recovery take?

Varies: Most adults with mono recover within 3 weeks. There are about 10% that may have lingering symptoms that last up to 3 months. The chronic fatigue syndrome once thought of as related has its origin from another cause. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a recurrance of mononucleosis soon after recovery?

Is it common to have a recurrance of mononucleosis soon after recovery?

Depends: During recovery, fatigue and malaise can wax and wane for weeks. It is not clear that the virus increases replication then. ...Read more

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Can I have mononucleosis even though the mononucleosis test was negative?

Can I have mononucleosis even though the mononucleosis test was negative?

Yes: My colleagues have forgotten that mononucleosis is a complex of symptoms that may have more than 1 infectious agent as the cause. The test only looks for 1 such cause.-ebv. Thus the answer is yes. ...Read more

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