Constantly Tired? Feverish? Swollen Neck? You Might Have Mono
Mono, which is more formally known as infectious mononucleosis, or glandular fever, or IM, is a group of symptoms caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It most often affects teenagers, but people of any age can get mono and come down with flu-life symptoms.
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Keep reading to learn more about mononucleosis …
Symptoms of Mono:
- sore throat
- swollen lymph glands (in the armpits or neck)
- high fever
- night sweats
- swollen tonsils
- muscle weakness
When to Get Medical Help:
In most cases, you don’t need much help with mono. The symptoms usually go away on their own. However, it can take one or two months to resolve. There are some potential complications, though, that do merit medical attention. These include an enlarged spleen and the inflammation of the liver.
How Is Mononucleosis Diagnosed?
According to WebMD, there are two tests for mononucleosis:
Monospot test: We take a small sample of blood and send it to a lab. The lab looks for blood clumping. This usually indicates the presence of the heterophil antibody. The heterophil antibody is a common, but not absolute, indicator of mono.
EBV antibody test: This blood test determines the presence of the EBV virus and how long you’ve had mono. It screens specifically for the EBV antibody.
Is Mononucleosis Contagious?
Contrary to popular belief, the disease is not highly contagious. It is not contracted by touch or airborne exposure. Mononucleosis can only be contracted through the exchange of saliva (such as kissing, sharing a toothbrush, or drinking from the same glass).
How Is Mono Treated?
There is no set treatment for mono. Some doctors and nurse practitioners give patients a corticosteroid medication, which reduces tonsil or throat swelling. In many cases, the symptoms will go away on their own. However, the following treatments can ease symptoms:
- using over-the-counter medications for pain like Tylenol®
- eating warm soup
- staying hydrated
- resting as much as possible
- gargling salt water
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