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Is a mono relapse possible? My boyfriend and I both had it last year and are experiencing the same symptoms again this year

Is a mono relapse possible? My boyfriend and I both had it last year and are experiencing the same symptoms again this year

Mononucleosis: Once infected, mono stays in your body. You don't contract mono a second time, although some of the symptoms are common and nonspecific, like fatigue, sore throat, muscle or joint aches. Probably this is not mono. ...Read more

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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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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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Can people without symptoms spread mono?

Can people without symptoms spread mono?

Yes, sort of: After getting mono, due to ebv virus, a person will have ebv virus in his saliva sometimes. If he does heavy kissing with people who did not get ebv as a child, then those people can catch ebv from him and get mono. However, if he raises his kids in a way where they share foods, drinks, spoons, straws, normal kisses, etc..., his young kids can get ebv from him and have only mild symptoms, not mono. ...Read more

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For what length of time do mono symptoms last?

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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What are the symptoms of mono in children 2-4yrs?

What are the symptoms of mono in children 2-4yrs?

Very mild to none: At that age, they can have enlarged lymph nodes & spleen, or just fever & malaise. If your Mono Spot Test was positive, your doctor may draw one on your child if he has a febrile illness for a week or more. Try not to share saliva with your child or sneeze around him. ...Read more

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What is the first symptom that manifests in mono?

What is the first symptom that manifests in mono?

Flu-like symptoms: Usually mono begins like a cold or flu. You will have a fever, sore throat and swollen gland. The severe fatigue follows a day or two later. ...Read more

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For what length of time are the symptoms active for mono?

For what length of time are the symptoms active for mono?

Varies: Traditional mono is caused by the EB virus.After a primary illness of 2-3 wks(most) to 2-3 mo (few) you are immune and will not get EB mono again. Some common blood tests for this condition will remain positive for years, but not those specific to new infection.There are other germs that can cause a mono syndrome. ...Read more

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How did you know you have the beginning symptoms of mono?

How did you know you have the beginning symptoms of mono?

Symptoms: Mononucleosis presents with swollen tonsils that may have white to yellow exudates, skin rash, enlarged lymph nodes on the front ; back of your neck and enlarged spleen ;/or liver. Your white blood cell will be elevated. A monospot test will show - or + for mono ; antibody titers can distinguish btwn old vs new infection. ...Read more

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Negative for mono. What other sicknesses have similar symptoms?

Mono test vs syndrom: Mono is a lay term for an illness most often (80%) caused by the EB virus. The office test may be falsely negative early in the illness. There are other viruses and infections (20%) that can cause the monocytes to show up in high numbers in the blood, with a vague flu like illness that is similar to mono. Defining the cause of a non EB virus mono is difficult and would require specialty lab. ...Read more

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

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

Most 2-3 wks: For most teens or adults this would gradually improve after 2-3 weeks. A subset of <1/4 may have persisting problems for 2-3 mo. There is a myth about a "chronic" mono (yrs) that has been refuted by the CDC. ...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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My test results were negative for mono but i still have the same symptoms of mono. What do I do now?

See below: You can have mononucleosis or ebv infection with a negative mono spot test. An ebv antibody panel will be diagnostic in these cases. A number of other illnesses can mimic mononucleosis most common are cytomegalovirus infection and toxoplasmosis. Early HIV infection can also have the same symptoms. ...Read more

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Once u test positive for mono do u always test positive? I tested positive and have symptoms again. How is this?

Family practice : Tell your dr if he isn't aware you have had it before. Have your dr order an ebstein barr titer. Igg antibodies means previous infection and igm antibodies means an acute or recent illness. You can have a relapse of symptoms if you try too much too soon after having mono. ...Read more

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Once you test positive for mono will u always? Yrs ago i was positive. Now i was tested with symptoms and i'm positive again.

Yes: If you've had it before, when you get blood work done, you'll always test positive for mono. Technically you're always infected with it. Usually the virus is dormant and not clinically significant. Rarely it can recur and become clinically significant. ...Read more

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It possible to be relapsing with mono and not show any obvious symptoms? Blood tests would be abnormal?

It possible to be relapsing with mono and not show any obvious symptoms? Blood tests would be abnormal?

Not likely relapse.: Infectious mononucleosis has 2 big causes. Cytomegalovirus (cmv), and epstein-barr virus (ebv). CMV has high fevers with chills, fatigue, and malaise. The main lab finding is peripheral lymphocytosis with over 10% atypical lymphocytes on blood smear. Ebv has pharyngitis and cervical lymphadenopathy. In both cases, infants may be asymptomatic or show mild diseaese, though CMV has side effects. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of mono?

Sxs: Sxs of mononucleosis may include: fever, sore throat, decreased appetite, feeling tired, feeling poorly overall, rash, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches & pain & enlarged spleen. Coughing, shortness of breath, headaches, turning yellow, chest discomfort & rapid heart rate may also occur. The fever usually resolves within about 10 days. Swelling of lymph nodes/ organs usually resolves within 1 mo. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for mono and strep?

What are the symptoms for mono and strep?

Strep throat & mono: The symptoms of strep throat and mononucleosis overlap =sore throat, fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, stomachache, nausea and vomiting. Strep throat is treated with antibiotics and patient's condition improves within 24 to 48 hours. Mononucleosis is caused by the epstein barr virus and is not hepled by antibiotics. The above symptoms will persist until the virus runs its course. ...Read more

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Is mono contagious after the symptoms are gone?

Yes, it can be.: 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. You may be contagious for several months (even if asymptomatic). ...Read more

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Is it possible I have mono? What are the symptoms?

Is it possible I have mono? What are the symptoms?

Might be possible: Sxs of mononucleosis may include: fever, sore throat, decreased appetite, feeling tired, feeling poorly overall, rash, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches & pain & an enlarged sleep. Coughing, shortness of breath, headaches, turning yellow, chest discomfort & rapid heart rate may also occur. ...Read more

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I have mono and my symptoms are worrying me. What should I do?

I have mono and my symptoms are worrying me. What should I do?

Rest for mono: Get plenty of rest and eat a proper diet.Mono is a self limiting disease and you should start to be feeling after 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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If I don't have any symptoms, how did my mono test come out positive?

You had it before: The most likely reason is you had it in the past, as many of the mono screening tests can remain positive for quite a while (years). There are also other conditions that can turn the screening tests positive. There are more specific tests for the main cause of mono,and these can often provide a better sense of timing. ...Read more

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Does Mono cause recurrent high fevers every few weeks with no other symptoms?

Doubtful.: That is not typical of mono. Please see your doc and get checked and find out what is going on. ...Read more

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How long could I have had mono before I experienced symptoms and was diagnosed?

Troubles of mono: 'Infectious mononucleosis' can start 4–6 weeks after initial infection. Exposure to saliva is the route -hence the name the 'kissing disease'. Symptoms start gradually, but could be more sudden. The main symptoms (sore throat) may be preceded by 1–2 weeks of fatigue, malaise and body aches. Diagnosis can sometimes be tricky so hopefully you can see an experienced doc who will order the right tests ...Read more

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I've had mono twice in 8 months, should I be concerned? I've had symptoms the 2nd time for 4 months now.

Diagnosed?: Was the mono diagnosed the first and the second time? Or do you just have same symptoms for the last 4 months that you had the first time?
This could be something different that acts like mono. The symptoms do overlap many other conditions. I would go see your doctor for evaluation. Once you have mono, you have it for life, and it can become reactivated, but is usually self-limited. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I have mono, can I give it to someone who already had it 3 years ago? In other words, will they get symptoms of mono again?

If I have mono, can I give it to someone who already had it 3 years ago? In other words, will they get symptoms of mono again?

EBV: Infectious mononucleosis can recur, since once you have been infected it never goes away. It is like a squatter you cannot evict. It is unlikely that you will be reinfected since you already have the virus within your body. Epstein barr virus is a herpes virus and all of them act the same way. Once you get them - they are always yours. ...Read more

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My daughter is 4 and was recently exposed to mono! it's been a week now and the only symptom she has is diarea. Is that a sign of mono?

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Unlikely: Most of young children exposed to "mono" do not develop typical symptoms of infectious mononucleosis such as swollen neck glands, exudative tonsillitis, and enlargement of spleen. They often develop nonspecific febrile illness. ...Read more