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Can antibiotics treat mono?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: No, it is viral
Mono is an infection by ebv virus, and is seen more often in teens or young adults.
Ebv virus is contagious in the saliva. Younger kids who catch ebv usually do not get the mono syndrome of prolonged fatigue, aches, swollen glands, huge tonsils, fevers, sore throat, swollen spleen, etc... Occasionally, middle ear or sinus infections, or a coincidental strep throat, occur and need antibiotics.

In brief: No, it is viral
Mono is an infection by ebv virus, and is seen more often in teens or young adults.
Ebv virus is contagious in the saliva. Younger kids who catch ebv usually do not get the mono syndrome of prolonged fatigue, aches, swollen glands, huge tonsils, fevers, sore throat, swollen spleen, etc... Occasionally, middle ear or sinus infections, or a coincidental strep throat, occur and need antibiotics.
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
In brief: No
Antibiotics are not used in treatment of mononucleosis.
Mononucleosis is caused by a virus

In brief: No
Antibiotics are not used in treatment of mononucleosis.
Mononucleosis is caused by a virus
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Dr. Chris Hayes
Family Medicine
In brief: No
Antibiotics don't treat viral illnesses.
Mono is caused by a virus.

In brief: No
Antibiotics don't treat viral illnesses.
Mono is caused by a virus.
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