The Kissing Disease

October 18, 2017
Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis, or “Mono” as it’s commonly known, got the nickname “The Kissing Disease” because it can be spread through contact with the saliva of an infected person. The truth is, you don’t have to kiss someone to get mono, however – it can also be spread through secretions from the nose and throat, and it’s occasionally even found in tears.

What is Mono?

Mono is the illness that is caused by infection from the Epstein-Barr virus. It is quite common, and though anyone can get it, symptoms are most prevalent in teens and young adults. Children who get infected with Epstein-Barr display symptoms that usually go unnoticed, and most adults have been exposed to Epstein-Barr at some point, and have developed an immunity.

Though most people only experience mono once in their lifetime, the virus will always be present in your blood once you are exposed. At times, the virus can become active, and though you will not likely have symptoms, it is possible to spread the virus to others during these times.

What are the Symptoms of Mono?

If a teen or young adult has been exposed to mono, he or she will likely experience swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, high fever, and a painful sore throat. The most dramatic symptom of mono, however, is the intense fatigue and weakness that goes along with the illness, and can go on for weeks or even months, sometimes making daily tasks challenging.

Mono can also cause swelling of the spleen, which is located in the upper left quadrant of the belly.

How is Mono Diagnosed?

The medical professional will most likely ask questions to help in the diagnosis of mono. In some cases, a blood test may be performed so that mono can be confirmed, and other, similar illnesses ruled out.

How is Mono Treated?

Unfortunately, because mono is caused by a virus, there is no antibiotic or magic pill that can make the symptoms go away. The best treatment is to focus on self-care:

Bed rest: Bed rest will be important because the fatigue of mono is overwhelming to most people. You should avoid sports or strenuous activities for a while since you don’t want to do damage to your enlarged spleen. It’s also not uncommon for those with mono to end up missing a lot of school or work.

Treat the symptoms: The fever and sore throat associated with mono can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen may be taken to calm fevers and ease the pain associated with the sore throat. Salt-water gargles or throat lozenges might also help.

Drink lots of fluids: As with any illness, it is always better to stay hydrated, even when you don’t feel like drinking anything.

Give your body time: Sadly, it will likely take weeks to feel better. While experiencing symptoms, listen to your body and do not do more than you are able. Pushing yourself will prolong things and make you feel even more tired. Take the time you need to recover fully.

Most of the time, mono will go away on its own. Complications are rare, and most people will only have to experience it once in a lifetime, which, for those who have gone through it, is more than enough!

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of mono, head to a Quick  Med Care Walk-Ins & Urgent Clinics location to get an accurate diagnosis, and more information on how to get through the difficulties of the illness. Quick Med Care Walk-In Clinic & Urgent locations in Ocala, Citrus ,Aluchua, and Levy counties are open evenings and weekends to serve you.

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