Mono Symptoms

What is Mononucleosis?

Mononucleosis, or "mono" as it is commonly referred to, is usually caused by what is known as the Epstein-Barr virus. It's usually found in young adults but can also be found in younger children, though it's usually mistaken for something else due to milder symptoms being present.


What are the Symptoms of Mono?

Mono is commonly mistaken with strep throat, since it shares many of the same characteristics. Symptoms include fever, inflamed and tender throat and tonsils (occasionally pus will be present on both as well), and intense fatigue. The majority of the symptoms will only last up to two to four weeks, but the fatigue can last for a long time. If left unchecked, this illness can intensify and sometimes complications may arise such as an enlarged spleen (that can rupture) or a inflamed liver, though the latter complication is very rare. To make sure children with enlarged spleens are not at risk for rupture, they should avoid all sports until at least two months after symptoms disappear completely.

What are some Treatments for Mono?

A blood test is primarily how your child's physician will diagnose mono. There is no medical treatment for mono at this time. Usually, patients are advised to cease all activities and simply focus on rest and recovery. The virus usually stays in your system for life and can crop up at any time, though reoccurences only tend to happen at points when the patient's immune system is weakened.

Is Mono Contagious?

Mono is passed through saliva, so the only way to pass it on is through kissing, sharing drinks or cigarettes, or by inhaling particles in the air, such as through coughing or sneezing.

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