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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
393 Doctors shared insights

Infectious Mononucleosis (Definition)

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


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Why do some people get mono when they are infected with ebv but others don't? How common is infection with ebv?

Why do some people get mono when they are infected with ebv but others don't? How common is infection with ebv?

Depends: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the cause of mono. Majority of adults have been infected and subsequently develop an immunity by age 40. Rarely, a second milder infection is possible. Most people get the virus in their childhood resulting in flu like symptoms. After recovery, most of them have lifetime immunity. ...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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Can you get mono if you don't have a spleen?

Can you get mono if you don't have a spleen?

Yes: Mono is a pattern infection responsible for the appearance a mononuclear white cells in excessive numbers. There are several potential germs that cause it, 80% as the E. B. virus. The germ does not care if you have a spleen or not when you get it. ...Read more

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How do you get mono?

Saliva: Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called kissing disease. Virus causing mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono. However, mononucleosis isn't as contagious as some infections, such as the common cold. ...Read more

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How do you get mono?

How do you get mono?

Saliva: Mono is an infection by epstein barr virus. The virus is spread through saliva. It may also be acquired through blood transfusion. For details see the site below.
http://www. Medicinenet. Com/infectious_mononucleosis/page3.htm#how_is_mono_transmitted_or_spread. ...Read more

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Can an adult get mono?

Can an adult get mono?

Yes: Many people will get this in childhood as a simple flu like illness and never be sick enough to seek care. If an adult is not immune, they can get it and usually have a more intense experience with it. Often they can be quite ill for up to 3 weeks and a few are ill for 3 months. ...Read more

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Can you get mono twice?

Most get it once: Most people get mono only once. Rarely mono can recur or reactivate. Also bear in mind there are other viral infections that have the same symptoms as mono.
More about mono:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/mononucleosis/expert-answers/mononucleosis/faq-20058564 ...Read more

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Can I get mono twice mono?

Can I get mono twice mono?

No, but....: The classical mono is caused by EB virus, and you only get it once. Afterwards you will have lifelong immunity. However, there are other germs that can cause a mono like illness. Acquisition of this 2nd or 3rd germs could give you a similar illness. ...Read more

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Can you get mono more than once?

Can you get mono more than once?

More than one cause: Traditional mononucleosis describes a flu like illness with fever, swollen glands & the appearance of monocytes (a white blood cell type) in the blood. About 90% of cases are caused by the eb virus, a member of the herpes virus family. Once experienced, immunity should be lifelong. Other agents like CMV virus, toxoplasma gondii, & adeno virus can cause a similar illness. ...Read more

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Can you get mono more than once?

Can you get mono more than once?

Mono: Usually you can have a relapse of symptoms with or without complication, . ...Read more

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Can you tell me how one get mono exactly?

Can you tell me how one get mono exactly?

Mononucleosis: Mononucleosis is caused by Epstein Barr Virus, one of the most common human viral infections. It is spread from an infected person to another by contaminated secretion droplets, that can be exchanged by close contact, sharing utensils, sneezing, kissing, etc. ...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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Is it possible to get mono more than once?

Is it possible to get mono more than once?

Married to it: Mononucleosis caused by ebv (epstein bar virus) some times also by CMV (cytomeglovirus) once infected virus stays in the body rest of the life, so married to it and rarely get a divorce! ...Read more

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How often can you get mono in a life time?

How often can you get mono in a life time?

Varies: The predominant cause of 80+% of mono is the eb virus and you develop lifelong immunity. It can reactivate, but rarely does. There are other illnesses that produce a mono syndrome, cmv, rubella, hepatitis, toxoplasmosis and others. Since there are other potential causes, it is hard to say specifically how often one can have mono. ...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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Will I get mono from my boyfriend if he has mono?

Will I get mono from my boyfriend if he has mono?

Maybe: The majority of adults have mono in childhood and are immune. For those that are not, the illness is harsh. The contagious period begins days before the first symptoms and lasts 3 weeks in most, longer in some. You can be supportive, but less intimate, and might avoid it. Yet you are likely incubating it already if susceptible. I'd probably take my chances unless I wanted an excuse to take off. ...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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Is it possible to get mono from someone who had it 4 months ago?

Unlikely, but possibl: The contagious period for mono is generally considered the first 3-4 weeks. However, the virus then will go dormant in a patient and may intermittently return to be secreted in the saliva over months or years. ...Read more

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If you eat food at a buffet can you get mono from the food or utensils?

Hard to say: The germs of mono are shed in the saliva and can remain active on environmental surfaces for hours. If contaminated utensils were used for a buffet, that might be a source for spread. However, most buffet houses have strict clean plate refill policies and replace serving ware often. Becoming known as a source for a community illness would kill their business ...Read more

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What can we do? My girlfriend had mono 3 or 4 years ago, will I get mono?

What can we do? My girlfriend had mono 3 or 4 years ago, will I get mono?

Hard to say: The primary contagious period from mono is the first 3 weeks after onset. Yet some remain contagious for a few months and in some, the germ can hibernate and shed intermittently for years. If you had it as a kid, you are immune. I wouldn't worry about it. If you call her your gf you have been exposed enough to get it already. ...Read more

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If I shared food with someone who had mono when they were 2, will I get mono?

If I shared food with someone who had mono when they were 2, will I get mono?

Unlikely: While one has antibodies for life after being exposed to the virus that causes mono.

The virus should no longer be causing a problem. ...Read more

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How do you get mono? Is it a STD or something?

Secretions: Mono is caused by a virus called epstein-barr virus (ebv for short). In my young days - I won't divulge when that was- we used to refer to it as "the kissing disease", because teens often caught it after amorous kissing. The virus is easily transmitted in secretions - so saliva, nasal secretions, urine, etc. It can also live on surfaces for a while, so transmission is actually pretty easy. ...Read more

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Can you get mono from sharing a bottle?

It's possible.: Infectious mononucleosis (aka "mono") is indeed contagious as suggested by the name. Commonly referred to as "kissing disease", this viral infection is typically passed along by oral secretions (i.e. Saliva); so, certainly sharing a bottle would be a possible vehicle for transfer of saliva--much like kissing! Please exercise caution with thorough cleansing of eating utensils used by those infected. ...Read more

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Can you get mono even with out kissing anyone?

Yes: All you need for exposure is contact with the virus.This can be left transiently on surfaces like door handles, doors, etc. That you touch as part of your normal day. Adults randomly touch their face, nose or mouth a few times every hour and this can transfer the germ to a point where it can enter your system. Frequent hand washing helps avoid this mode of exposure. ...Read more

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Can my one year old get mono from me? Should I get him tested?

Mono: Theoretically yes, he could get mono from you, but in reality he may be relativily safe from getting it. If he shows symptoms then get him tested otherwise watchful waiting is in order. ...Read more

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How could someone get mono the day after I drank after someone with it?

Unlikely: With a normal incubation expected to run 4-6 weeks this is not likely to be your problem. ...Read more

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