Infectious mononucleosis (also known as mono) is caused from a virus that is transmitted through the saliva. Commonly known as the “kissing disease,” mono is transmitted through not only kissing, but also from coughing, sneezing, or sharing food and drinking utensils with someone who has mono.
Mono is not necessarily as contagious as other infections (e.g., a cold), but necessary precautions should still be taken into account in order to prevent the spread or reception of mononucleosis.
Common symptoms of mono include general fatigue, a sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, swollen spleen, a headache, and/or a skin rash. It can take up to six weeks for the virus to incubate, therefore some symptoms may not be apparent until well after the virus has taken hold.
Depending on the specific symptoms you are suffering from, they will typically last for a couple of weeks, if not longer. If symptoms persist and do not lessen within a couple of weeks, you should consult a doctor. Give us a call or stop in today at Banner Urgent Care and we will help you figure out what is wrong and how you can find mono treatment.
Treatment for Mononucleosis
Mononucleosis treatment begins first with a physical exam and a couple of blood tests. These are necessary for mono treatment because they help to identify the cause and to determine how severe your case of mono is.
The two most common types of blood tests are antibody tests and white blood cell count tests. The antibody test helps to identify whether or not your blood has antibodies to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), but may not have conclusive results if the infection is less than a week old. Other tests can be completed but may take longer to generate usable results.
The white blood cell count test will be utilized to search for an increased number of lymphocytes (white blood cells) or any other abnormalities in your blood cell count. While this test won’t clearly confirm whether or not you have mono, but it can be a strong indicator to support the possibility.
While there is no specific therapy treatment for mononucleosis, there are some mono remedies you can use. The best treatments for mono include improved nutrition, drinking an adequate amount fluids, and getting plenty of rest. Antibiotics unfortunately do not work against infections that are viral, like mono.
Medication may only be effective if used to fight the secondary infections related to mononucleosis. Streptococcal (strep) infection may accompany the sore throat an individual is suffering from and antibiotics can help to reduce it. Tonsillitis and sinus infections are also common among mono sufferers, and medication or antibiotics can help these additional issues.
Some medication may not be recommended to be taken when suffering from mono, such as amoxicillin and penicillin derivatives, as it can increase the risk of a rash. While the rash may not indicate an allergic reaction to the antibiotic, there are other alternatives that can be recommended with a smaller chance of a rash.
If you or one of your family members is suffering from mono, you can give us a call today at Banner Urgent Care. We’ll help you diagnose the problem you are suffering from, run a few basic blood tests to determine the severity, and recommend treatment solutions that can be used to lessen the symptoms. The sooner you stop in to get treated, the quicker you can be put on the road to recovery and the sooner you can get on with your life.