Infectious mononucleosis, or "mono", is an infection usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The virus spreads through saliva, which is why it's sometimes called "kissing disease." Mono occurs most often in teens and young adults. However, you can get it at any age. Symptoms of mono include
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph glands
Sometimes you may also have a swollen spleen. Serious problems are rare.
A blood test can show if you have mono. Most people get better in two to four weeks. However, you may feel tired for a few months afterward. Treatment focuses on helping symptoms and includes medicines for pain and fever, warm salt water gargles and plenty of rest and fluids.
- Mononucleosis: Can It Recur? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Genetics Home Reference: X-linked lymphoproliferative disease (National Library of Medicine)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: JAMA PATIENT PAGE. Infectious Mononucleosis.
- Article: Does This Patient Have Infectious Mononucleosis?: The Rational Clinical Examination...
- Article: The Incubation Period of Primary Epstein-Barr Virus Infection: Viral Dynamics...
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- Epstein-Barr virus infections -- see more articles