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I was diagnosed with Mono after being sick for two and a half weeks. It's been a week and a half, and I feel fine. When can I return to playing sports?

I was diagnosed with Mono after being sick for two and a half weeks. It's been a week and a half, and I feel fine. When can I return to playing sports?

Mono: Typically it takes months for your spleen to recover from the acute infection. Normally, any individual diagnosed with acute infectious mono is instructed to stay out of school and any and all physical activity for the nest 3 months. You are at risk for spleen rupture with even mild contact. Conservatively, It will not be safe for you to resume playing sport until late December 2014. ...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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I was diagnosed with mono. How long will it be until it's safe for me to play rugby?

I was diagnosed with mono. How long will it be until it's safe for me to play rugby?

It varies: On average, it may be 4-6 weeks before you return to sport if you have an enlarged spleen. Maybe longer. You will need to have a physician examine you abdomen every several weeks to see if your spleen feels enlarged. ...Read more

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Can I play soccer if I have mono?

Can I play soccer if I have mono?

Be careful: Besides fatigue, mononucleosis can cause an enlarged spleen and liver... Contact sports should be avoided to avoid rupture of the spleen/liver... Best to be checked before resuming sports. ...Read more

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Is hockey ok to play after an enlarged liver from mono?

Is hockey ok to play after an enlarged liver from mono?

When it resolves: Participation in all sports should be avoided if a patient has enlarged liver from infectious mononucleosis. When the enlargement has resolved, full activity may be resumed. Acute rupture of an enlarged spleen poses a higher risk than the liver. This usually resolves in a little over a month and the patient must be evaluated and cleared by a physician prior to returning to activity. ...Read more

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Would i get "mono"? At school today, my friend and i was playing around, and she licked her hands and wiped it all over my mouth. She is diagnosed with mononucleosis, and i'm wondering if i would be affected with "mono" as well. Her hand was dry by the ti

Would i get "mono"? At school today, my friend and i was playing around, and she licked her hands and wiped it all over my mouth. She is diagnosed with mononucleosis, and i'm wondering if i would be affected with "mono" as well. Her hand was dry by the ti

Mononucelosis : Mononucelosis is usually spread by close contact. What your friend did is very inappropriate considering that she has mononucleosis which is an infectious disease. I recommend that you advise your parents about this. Am more concerned that she licked her hands and then wiped it over your mouth. Mono can be spread through things like kissing or sharing eating utensils. I can't tell you if you will get mononucleosis. However, if she is infectious, yes you can get it. ...Read more

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Got mono, is it true i can't do sports?

Depends: This depends on the stage and your physical findings. In the early stage your glands swell and a centralized gland called the spleen can swell and become vulnerable to rupture if you suffer abdominal trauma of any sort. If it never swells or has already shrunk back to normal, there is no need for you to avoid sports. ...Read more

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Why might someone faint when playing sport?

Why might someone faint when playing sport?

Heart Dr. can check: While playing sports, a person could faint for several reasons. He could be overheated or maybe was not drinking enough fluids. In those two situations, he will feel faint while standing or when quickly rising to a standing position. He could have a heart malformation or an abnormal heart rhythm. In these two situations, the symptoms may occur more randomly. A cardiologist's evaluation is helpful. ...Read more

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How can you best prevent injury when playing a sport?

How can you best prevent injury when playing a sport?

Training: by strengthening themselves and using proper technique they are able to avoid injuries as much as possible. Also wearing proper fitting gear and adhering to the rules helps a lot. ...Read more