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  Shelby Leith   June 30, 2017   Illness, Disease 0 Comments

What you need to know about mononucleosis

Velocity Care wants you to have the facts on mono to help protect yourself against this contagious disease.

Often referred to as the “kissing disease,” mono is extremely common and very contagious. Today we’ll explore the symptoms of this disease and learn ways to keep your family safe from contracting it.


What is mono?

Also known as mononucleosis, this disease can stem from a number of different viruses, however, the most common cause is the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). This disease is common especially among young adults and teenagers. Mono is extremely contagious and you can easily pass it from person to person through saliva. Kissing, sharing food or drinks as well as sneezing and coughing can all spread the disease. Once you’re infected, it takes between four and eight weeks for symptoms to show.

What are the symptoms of mono?

Most people exposed to the Epstein-Barr virus don’t show any symptoms at all. Their bodies build up immunity to the virus, and they do not suffer any of the symptoms of mono. For those who do feel the symptoms, they include the following:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Fatigue.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Chills.
  • Fever.
  • Severe sore throat.
  • Red throat and tonsils.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.

One of the classic signs of mono is the length of time that the symptoms last. It usually takes two to four weeks before most of the symptoms resolve, however, many people may still feel fatigue and a lack of energy for many months afterward.

What are the treatment options for mono?

To diagnose mono, your doctor will perform a routine blood test. There’s no cure for mono, so your doctor will probably suggest you get lots of rest and let your body heal. You can take medications to help reduce fever and make you more comfortable. Your doctor may also recommend that you avoid any type of physical activity for a period of time. With mono, your spleen may become swollen and enlarged, and physical activity may cause your spleen to rupture. Although unpleasant, mono is generally not a serious disease, and there are usually very few complications. With plenty of rest, you should be feeling back to your old self in no time.

If you have questions about your health or require medical attention, the staff at Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center can help. With minimal wait times and exceptional service, our walk-in clinics provide the best care in the states of Louisiana and Arkansas.

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.  If reading after hours, one option for treatment is to seek an urgent care or  walk-in clinic for medical advice. 

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