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What's the symptom difference of mono and strep throat. ?

What's the symptom difference of mono and strep throat. ?

Similar but: Both cause very sore throat with swelling and fever. Both can be diagnosed readily with a rapid test. Mono rapid test is less accurate. Mono significant systemic symptoms such as fatigue, sleepiness, nausea, and the swelling tends to be more severe and more dramatic appearing. Strep gets better much faster and does justify antibiotics in children and teens. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/strep-throat/basics/symptoms/con-http://www.pennmedicine.org/encyclopedia/em_PrintArticle.aspx?gcid=000591 ...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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Hey I'm 17 and I just had mono . I had mono for 4 days and the only symptom I had was a mild strep throat . When do you think my spleen will go down ?

Hey I'm 17 and I just had mono . I had mono for 4 days and the only symptom I had was a mild strep throat . When do you think my spleen will go down ?

Mono: Spleen becomes: palpable when the size gets double. Most of the time doctors don't feel it- though enlarged. Ultrasound detects the enlargement, but not done routinely. It takes 4-6 weeks for the spleen to come to normal size.Depending on size of enlargement of spleen, no PE/sports for 4-6 weeks. Get clearance from your doc. before resuming sports. ...Read more

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What are the differences between strep throat and mono? My biggest symptom is severe pain while swallowing.

What are the differences between strep throat and mono? My biggest symptom is severe pain while swallowing.

Bacteria vs Viruses: I love this question. Strep throat is a bacterial infection with a severe bug known as streptococcus. It is quite debilitating and contagious. One with strep throat usually has fever, pain, difficulty swallowing and then secondarily symptoms in the ears and with the fever, increased heart rate and some muscle aches. Mono is a viral illness that leads to significant fatigue.....And... ...Read more

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Took a throat culture today and said i either have strep throat or mono. How will i know which one i have?

Took a throat culture today and said i either have strep throat or mono. How will i know which one i have?

One or Other or Both: You can't have either a strep throat or mononucleosis. You can have one or the other or both. A rapid strep test or a throat culture will tell whether or not you have a strep throat. A mono spot test or ebv antibody panel will show whether or not you have mono. If you have both do not take Ampicillin or Amoxicillin because either will cause a rash 90% of the time. ...Read more

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My ears hurt a lot and I have severe throat pain. It's not strep throat or mono. What do I have?

My ears hurt a lot and I have severe throat pain. It's not strep throat or mono. What do I have?

Viral infection: If you have been tested for strep throat and mono and been told you don't have them, you most likely have a sorethroat caused by the common cold virus. It could less commonly be caused by the influenza virus. This will run its course and you do not need antibiotics for a viral infection. Try Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for pain and fever. Stay hydrated. ...Read more

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How are mono and strep throat different?

How are mono and strep throat different?

See below: Both cause exudative pharyngitisfever and lymphadenopathy. In mono the lymphadenopathy is in the back of the neck and in strep throat it is at the angles of the jaw. In mono you will have atypical lymphocytosis, a positive mono spot test or ebv viral capsid igm antibody. In strep throat you will have a positive rapid strep test or throat culture. You can have both at the same time as well. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between strep throat and mono?

See below: Mononucleosis is a viral infection caused by the epstein barr virus. A strep throat is a pharyngitis caused by the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes. They share several signs and symptoms like fever, exudative pharyngitis and enlarged neck lymph nodes. They can occur silmultaneously. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between mono and strep throat?

See below: Mononucleosis is a primary infection with the epstein barr virus. A strep throat is a pharyngitis caused by the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes. They share symptoms like sore throat, fever and enlarged neck lymph nodes. They can occur silmultaneously. ...Read more

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What should I take when I have mono and strep throat?

Not Ampicillin: Take Penicillin VK or a cephalosporin antibiotic for the strep. Throat. Do not take Ampicillin or Amoxicillin which will cause a rash in 90% of persons with mono who take them. The ebv/mono generally does not require treatment unless it is complicated. ...Read more

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I have had mono since March, two rounds of strep throat early summer and just diagnosed with UTI, strep and mono still testing positive. Suggestions?

I have had mono since March, two rounds of strep throat early summer and just diagnosed with UTI, strep and mono still testing positive. Suggestions?

Can be normal : The mono infection can last for 6 - 9 months. strep throat is more common in the spring and summer. A UTI happens more frequently in women in their 20s and teenagers who are sexually active.I recommend plenty of fluids and rest to allow your body to fight the mono infection. if you're tired, going to a physical therapist for reconditioning. some lab work for mono can be positive for months. ...Read more

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My 8yr old daughter was diagnosed with mono and strep throat about 4 months ago . we have had many recuring events since then . infectious dr. said yo?

My 8yr old daughter was diagnosed with mono and strep throat about 4 months ago . we have had many recuring events since then . infectious dr. said yo?

Mononucleosis and: Strep pharyngitis, although may share in some of the symptoms, are two very distinct conditions. Mono is caused by a virus (Ebstein Barr) and Strep by a bacteria (Streptococcus Group A). They are both contagious, but Mono tends to cause symptoms for a longer time and there is no known treatment (except rest and fluids) and Strep is usually self-limiting and easily treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have mono and strep throat and I have been waking up with numbness in my lips every morning. Is this related or should I be concerned?

I have mono and strep throat and I have been waking up with numbness in my lips every morning. Is this related or should I be concerned?

Epstein Barr virus : Ebv is in the herpes family, but is not associated with cutaneous reactivation. The lesions of herpes simplex are distinct from ebv. But, no, you shouldn't be concerned its part of the infection. ...Read more

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I have mono and strep throat and I have been waking up with numbness in my lips every morning. Is this related or should I be concerned? I also think

I have mono and strep throat and I have been waking up with numbness in my lips every morning. Is this related or should I be concerned? I also think

Mono & Strep? Yikes!: That would be a really awful combo to have but i'm not sure that it would explain numbness on your lips. Numbness is a concerning symptom and deserves to be more fully explored by your doctor (who you should be following up with closely if you really have mono and strep). ...Read more

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I think I have strep throat and the only medicine I have right now is Doxycycline Mono 100G, will this help until I can get to a real diagnosis?

I think I have strep throat and the only medicine I have right now is Doxycycline Mono 100G, will this help until I can get to a real diagnosis?

One of the poorest: The effectiveness of this drug for strep is one of the poorest on record. Almost like doing nothing at all.You have at least a week from the start of symptoms to initiate treatment before the long term complications of strep can begin to form. Use it to get in & find out if this is really strep & get treated properly. ...Read more

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Sore throat, body aches stiff neck. We went to the dr and the strep throat and mono came back negative, a little worried please help thank you?

Sore throat, body aches stiff neck. We went to the dr and the strep throat and mono came back negative, a little worried  please help thank you?

Body aches: Your symptoms may represent a viral respiratory infection which can last 7-10 days. As a result symptomatic care is the course of action necessary ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more