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Non Infectious Mononucleosis
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
Depends: The core symptoms of fever and sore throat often resolve within a couple of weeks; however, the fatigue can last for months. Unfortunately, there is no efficacious way to treat the fatigue, as it's a sequela of the infection and not evidence of continued infection; that is, even if you had an antiviral for it, there would be no benefit. ...Read more
Listen to body: Overall, there are no medications to treat mono. Considering the average duration is 3 months, it is best to NOT push your activity levels. As you gradually improve, you gradually increase activity. Slow gradual resumption of normal activity is best. Since EB a sibling to herpes, OTC amino acid Lyseine and Rx for herpes may help one through the experience a bit more quickly ...Read more
Virus: It is a virus, called epstein barr, that causes a generalized infection of the body. It usually lasts for weeks to months. The spleen enlarges due to recycling of damaged red blood cells. That makes it dangerous to do contact sports during the illness. Almost 100% of those infected recover completely and are immune to the virus for life afterwards. It is spread through body fluids. ...Read more
No, but...: Classic infectious mono results from epstein-barr infection, but the first time you meet CMV and the first time you meet toxoplasmosis, exactly the same syndrome can happen to you. More importantly, acute HIV infections, a medical emergency, looks like infectious mono. A physician's office visit is in order. ...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 MD if symptoms progres ...Read more
Mono serology: You can do a spot test for heterophile antibody or send the blood to lab for it. You can also send the blood for epstrin barr antigen which is not normally present in blood. You can also do immunoglobulin m (igm)test which shows acute infection. Igg will be positive for past infection with mononucleosis. ...Read more
Surprise: When the serology test was first used it was thought to be diagnostic. Eventually it was found that most people were positive. It appears that the eb virus is an opportunist organism that is "waiting in the wings" for some body chemistry that provides its advantage. Then the serology titre (concentrration) goes up as the organism becomes active. ...Read more
Spot mono test: It can be done in physicians office or in the er, . ...Read more
If I had infectious mononucleosis and it went away, is there a chance that I get it again this semester?
Relapse of mononucle: Even though you can get a relapse og mononucleosis, you can not predict when it will happen and ifit will happen. Even thogh there is possibility of relapse you don't have to worry that you will get it back next semester. Do not worry in all probabilities it will not happen. ...Read more
If I had infectious mononucleosis and it went away, is there a chance that I actually have herpes instead?
What is the probability of having Mumps more than once? Are Mumps symptoms very similar to Infectious Mononucleosis?
Not likely: But you may want to have your MMR titers checked to see if you are immune and may need booster shot. Both diseases are viral but from different viruses. Symptoms can overlap or may present differently. Have your doctor evaluate you if not done already. Best of luck. ...Read more
What are the chances of having Mumps more than once? If it's not Mumps, could it be Infectious Mononucleosis? Are symptoms similar?
Extremely rare: Unless you have some type of immune deficiency, you are not going to get mumps twice. Swelling of the neck glands can happen with both mumps and mono, but it can also happen with bacterial parotitis or a blocked salivary gland. You may need some lab work after a good exam to determine what is what and then how to treat your specific condition. ...Read more
RX FOR MONONUCLEOSIS:
It is a self limiting disease so only symptomatic and supprted treatment is given. Rest during the acute period. Once acute system is over then avoid heavy activiti and contact sport should be avoided to prevent rupture of the spleen for at least 4 weeks after the infection or till spleen is no more palpable
sometimes we use Prednisone and for pain or fever ibuprofen, valacyclovir inacute cases. ...Read more
Both conditions have different presentation and there is no similarity in symptoms and signs and lab tests. The flu has high fever, cough, congestion and body and head aches and patints are quite sick and can cause pneumonia in some cases and may need hospitalisation
mononuceosis presents with sore throat and enlarged glands, may be low grade fever, liver and spleen may be palpable. Labs are different. ...Read more
Can someone who has CMV and had infectious mononucleosis get it over and over throughout their life?
How long does it take infectious mononucleosis to affect your lymph nodes in your neck afteryou've kids person?
4 to 7 weeks: Lymph nodes and other symptoms usually show up 4 to 7 weeks after exposure to the epstein barr virus, which causes mononucleosis. They can occur sooner. People with mono are most infectious earlier in the disease, but can remain infectious up to 18 months. Transmission is mainly through saliva. Any infection of the mouth and throat can cause swollen lymph nodes in the neck, so see a doctor. ...Read more
Can you get a doctor's note excusing you from school when diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis?
Doctors note: It depends on how sick you are with mononucleosis, some patients do not feel that sick and are able to attend school, but others may miss school for few to several daus and excuse can be given, it also depends on the complication and involvement of liver with abnormal liver function test and accompaning tiredness, fatigue, and lethargy. ...Read more