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What is the youngest age that kids can get the typical mono syndrome?

What is the youngest age that kids can get the typical mono syndrome?

Possible at any age.: In developed countries, infants and young children who catch mononucleosis may have no symptoms, but any patient could present with sore throat, cold symptoms, headache, enlarged lymph nodes, fever, and/or liver or spleen enlargement or a rash. ...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 is the youngest age you can get mono?

What is the youngest age you can get mono?

Infancy: Mononucleosis can happen in infancy and is often no more intense than many of the other viral illneses they will experience. When they do have it, they develop immunity against later recurrences. ...Read more

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Can an adult get mono if they had it as a child?

Can an adult get mono if they had it as a child?

rarely: Most people who have infectious mononucleosis, or mono, get it only once. Rarely, however, mononucleosis symptoms may recur months or even years later. ...Read more

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Is it possible that adults get mono from children?

Is it possible that adults get mono from children?

Depends: The main cause of mono, the eb virus will confer lifelong immunity. Many have this infection in childhood and will never have this as adults.If the adult missed it during childhood, it could certainly spread to them if exposed. ...Read more

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How do children get mono and is it contageous? My son is 6 and going to be 7 in a few months. He goes to public school in hawaii

How do children get mono and is it contageous? My son is 6 and going to be 7 in a few months.  
He goes to public school in hawaii

Infectious : Infectious mono is a viral illness caused by the epstein barr virus (ebv). It is spread primarily through saliva which is why it is also known as the "kissing disease", but can also be spread through sharing eating utensils. Even among people who catch ebv, many are not symptomatic, so special precautions (such as no kissing) are not needed. 95% of adults aged 35-40 have been exposed to it at some point and have immunity to it - at least 50% of them had no symptoms of mono. I attached a link to the page on ebv from the center for disease control with more information. ...Read more

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If you get mononucleosis as a child does it not stay in your body for life? I had mono as a child and from the research I have done was given to understand it stayed with you for life. I was recently screened for mono and the test came back negative. I wa

If you get mononucleosis as a child does it not stay in your body for life? I had mono as a child and from the research I have done was given to understand it stayed with you for life. I was recently screened for mono and the test came back negative. I wa

Infectious : Infectious mononucleosis is caused by the epstein-barr virus (ebv) which is a member of the human herpes virus family (like chicken pox). Many people exposed to ebv do not develop infectious mononucleosis, but will have mild symptoms or no illness at all. In fact, 85%-90% of adults aged 40 show evidence of ebv infection at some point by having lasting antibodies detected with a blood test. There may be a small subset of folks that don't develop lasting antibodies or may have dormant virus, but this is rare. When we test for ebv, we test for evidence of current infection and of previous infection. You may have tested negative for current infection which is good - you shouldn't have a current infection of ebv if you have had it before. You may or may not have been tested for evidence of previous infection. You may want to speak with your doctor about what tests were done which might clear up any confusion. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Do some children gets an enlarged spleen with all viruses? My son already had mono but he seems to get a slightly enlarged spleen whenever he's sick.

Do some children gets an enlarged spleen with all viruses? My son already had mono but he seems to get a slightly enlarged spleen whenever he's sick.

Not with all viruses: Mononucleosis does cause splenic enlargement but all viruses do not cause splenic enlargement.But there are others beside the Ebstein Barr Virus which causes mononucleosis.Cytomegalo virus causes it.But you say it get enlarged whenever he is sick.I suggest you discuss with your pediatrician if it is of concern.If it goes down after his illness .then I see no problem.Discuss with his Pediatrician ...Read more

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Is tropical splenomegaly syndrome different from mono?

Is tropical splenomegaly syndrome different from mono?

Splenomegaly: It does not matter regarding the cause of the splenomegaly, the result is the same. An enlarged spleen has a higher chance of rupture during trauma. ...Read more

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Glandular fever mono like syndrome, what is this?

Glandular fever mono like syndrome, what is this?

Can not diagnose w: Available information. Please see your physician for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes past mono/chronic fatigue syndrome?

What causes past mono/chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue: Given that extensive labs, imaging, and all medical causes have been ruled out, you may want to try stimulants if you dont have a history of addictions. I have seen Provigil work well but again this would off label use, consult an expert. ...Read more

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Neuro drs-newly diagnosed guillain-barre syndrome, pos EBV bloodtest, never had mono, what's the correlation between the two?

Neuro drs-newly diagnosed guillain-barre syndrome, pos EBV bloodtest, never had mono, what's the correlation between the two?

Maybe none: If the correct blood test was done it is possible to fairly accurately time your ebv infection; less than a month ago, 1-3 months ago, more than 6 months ago. If the ebv was more than 3 months before the gbs it is unlikely that they are related. ...Read more

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Do most people that have broken heart syndrome experience intermittent chest pain even after recovery is complete?What's the diff.Between strep/mono?

Do most people that have broken heart syndrome experience intermittent chest pain even after recovery is complete?What's the diff.Between strep/mono?

Broken Heart Syndrom: When you suffer from this syndrome you release the stress hormone cortisol which can put extra pressure on your heart. Be careful however to check with your cardiologist as your chest pain could be due to other cardiovascular concerns. Your broken heart needs to grieve so confide in those close to you and share your sadness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Took creatine mono for 2 months 5 grams a day and experiencing shin splints and pressure calfs. Can it cause compression syndrome. Stop and go away?

Took creatine mono for 2 months 5 grams a day and experiencing shin splints and pressure calfs. Can it cause compression syndrome. Stop and go away?

Cramps : You can experience dehydration & muscle cramps with creatine. By "compression" syndrome, I think you refer to "compartment syndrome", which Creatine could theoretically induce. But in my understanding it has either never caused a clinical compartment syndrome, or the occurrence is very rare. Hope that helps. Stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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In the past i've had chicken pox & mono which both have the epstein barr virus what are the chances of having chronic fatigue syndrome?

In the past i've had chicken pox & mono which both have the epstein barr virus what are the chances of having chronic fatigue syndrome?

Same as anyone: Almost everyone has ebv infection at some point in their lives. And chicken pox is caused by varicella virus, not ebv. So just because you have had both of these infections does not make you any more likely than anyone else in the general population to develop cfs. More likely you would have other predispositions to the illness. But the answer to your question is your risk is same as all people. ...Read more

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Why do some people get mono and others don't?

Why do some people get mono and others don't?

Mono: Everyone is different. Some people get cancer while others don't. Some people get more severe colds than other people. ...Read more

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I have mono and i don't know where i got it from. If i did get it from my boyfrend and he has no signs of it could i get it again ?

Hard to say : The common mono germ can be released intermittently by an asymptomatic person who had it in the past.It passes in the saliva.The germ can live on surfaces outside the body for hours & be acquired on your fingers from a door knob or object & be transferred to your face & mouth.Incubation can be 30-50 days. You should become immune from that strain, but there is more than one germ that can cause mono. ...Read more

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If I don't want to get her infected, what can't I do with my gf while I have mono?

Secretions: " Swapping Spit" we used to call it. Mono is primarily transmitted through saliva. So you'll have to avoid kissing for a while. Also can be transmitted through containers and glasses, so be sure not to share! ...Read more

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Why don't more adults get mono?

Why don't more adults get mono?

Childhood infection: Most cases of infectious mononucleosis ("mono") occur during childhood. The great majority of people make protective antibody that last long term, decreasing the incidence (new cases) of mono in adulthood. ...Read more

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My gf has mono. What should I do so I don't get it?

May be too late: There is a reasonable chance you were exposed before she was diagnosed. AT your age, you may also have had it as a teen so would be protected. If neither case is true, avoid close contact . ...Read more

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If my girlfriend had mono a long time ago and I haven't had it yet, does that mean I can get it now?

If my girlfriend had mono a long time ago and I haven't had it yet, does that mean I can get it now?

Maybe, maybe not: In a couple, where one had mono before, and the other did not, there are several possibilities. Maybe the non-mono person caught ebv virus long ago with few symptoms, and now has immunity. Maybe the mono person had a mono-like illness but not from ebv, so she has no ebv to spread to the non-mono person. Since there is no way to stop the spread of ebv in a kissing couple, blood tests aren't needed. ...Read more

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