What Is Mono?

Mononucleosis – otherwise known as mono or the “kissing disease” – is infection that is caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). It is very common in people who are exposed to the virus as children. However, not everyone who have been exposed to EBV will have any symptoms. Those who have been infected will suffer from mono their whole lives and may experience symptoms throughout different points in their life.

One common way to “catch” mono is by kissing someone who has been infected, which is how the illness got its “kissing disease” nickname. You can also get mononucleosis through other types of direct contact with saliva from someone infected with EBV, such as by sharing a straw, a toothbrush, or an eating utensil. Remember that just because you don’t have any symptoms does not mean that you cannot pass it on to others.

Symptoms: Symptoms will begin to appear 4 to 7 weeks after infection with the virus.

- constant fatigue
- fever
- sore throat
- loss of appetite
- swollen lymph nodes (commonly called glands, located in your neck, underarms, and groin)
- headaches
- sore muscles
- larger-than-normal liver or spleen
- skin rash
- abdominal pain

People who have mono may have different combinations of these symptoms, and some may have symptoms so mild that they hardly notice them. Others may have no symptoms at all. Consult your doctor if you have any of these symptoms so that they can properly diagnose it properly for you.

July 28th, 2008 • tonks • Conditions and Diseases, Symptoms and Signs Comments Off

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