Mono, “The Kissing Disease”

A common thing that you’ll probably hear at least once during the time you’re in school is “I’ve got mono.” Mononucleosis, also called “Mono” or “the kissing disease” is an infectious illness that can be spread in multiple ways besides kissing. 

The most common way that Mono is spread is through saliva, but it can also be transferred by sharing food, drinks, or utensils with a person who has it, or if a person with mono sneezes or coughs near you. While mono is contagious, you’re not as likely to catch it like you would a cold.

What causes it? In general, a virus called the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is what causes mono. It’s a virus that many kids are exposed to, but it can also be spread through blood and semen or medical procedures like blood transfusions and organ transplants.

The symptoms of Mono are similar to the flu, including:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • A measles-like rash on the face or body
  • Jaundice (a yellow tinge to the skin and eyes)
  • Tiny red bumps or bruise-like areas inside the mouth, especially on the roof of the mouth
  • Upper-abdominal soreness

Although Mono is a virus and cannot be treated with a prescription for an antibiotic, it is important to note that some of the symptoms of Mono can be the same symptoms you would experience in Strep or the Flu. Being accurately diagnosed is key to fighting the virus fast!

The best ways to fight Mono are:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Rest – lots and lots of rest
  • Staying away from strenuous physical activity (like sports)
  • Pain relievers, as prescribed or advised by a Medical Professional

Most people who get the Mono virus will feel some relief to their symptoms within 2 – 6 weeks with most symptoms gone in about 4 weeks. However, it is not uncommon for some to see symptoms linger for several months.

Mono is common and it’s something that we are accustomed to diagnosing in our clinics. If you think you or someone you know is suffering from the Mono virus, don’t delay in coming in for a diagnosis. Let’s get you on the right path to wellness, so you get better in no time! Come see us today at CommunityMed Family Urgent Care. We’re a walk-in clinic, so no appointment is necessary. Our hours are convenient with your family’s busy schedule! We’re open seven days a week until 8pm, including Saturday and Sunday.