The 3 Most Important Things to Know About Mono

10.24.2018

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If you have mono, resting and drinking plenty of liquids are about to become your new pastimes. While most people don’t suffer long-term effects from the disease, it can cause serious problems. Learn more about mono.

1. Mono Is a Virus

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a highly contagious viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Mono is spread by person-to-person contact with infected saliva or other bodily fluids. It is most commonly spread by kissing, coughs, sneezes, and eating or drinking after an infected person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many people are infected in childhood and have developed immunity to EBV by the time they reach adulthood. In fact, a majority of individuals experience no symptoms when infected with EBV. Most serious cases of mono occur in teens and young adults. The illness is generally less severe in children and may mimic the symptoms of other common childhood illnesses, making it less likely to be diagnosed.

2. Mono May Feel Like a Cold or Flu – That Goes On & On

Many symptoms of mono mimic those of the common cold or flu. These include extreme fatigue, sore throat, fever, and head and body aches. However, there are a few symptoms that set it apart. First are swollen, tender lymph nodes in the neck and armpits that indicate the body is fighting infection. Mono can also cause a rash of small red bumps on the skin, often on the chest or in the mouth. Most people recover from mono in two to four weeks; others may continue to feel fatigued for several more weeks. In some cases, symptoms of mono last for months. In the most serious cases, mono can cause a ruptured spleen, liver problems, meningitis and breathing problems.

3. Mono Has to Run Its Course

Mono cannot be treated with antibiotics because it is a viral infection. You simply need to let it run its course, while you get plenty of rest and drink fluids to stay hydrated. A clinician can recommend over-the-counter medications to treat symptoms such as pain and fever.

Get an Instant Mono Test at RediClinic

It’s best to visit RediClinic immediately if you develop symptoms of mono. An instant mono test will be used to diagnose your illness, and a board-certified clinician will talk to you about your symptoms and what you can do to treat them.

Be seen at your local RediClinic same- or next-day!