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860-870-8841

38 West Rd
 Ellington , CT 06029

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Currently affiliated with Ellington Pediatrics
38 West Rd
Ellington , Connecticut 06029
Phone: 860-870-8841

Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis, also known as mono or the kissing disease, is a viral infection transmitted through saliva. Mononucleosis may also be contracted by exposure to either a cough or sneeze or contact with contaminated surfaces.

Causes of Mononucleosis

Often found in teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17, mononucleosis is thought to be caused by the following:

  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Cytomegalovirus

Symptoms of Mononucleosis

Some of the symptoms of mononucleosis may include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Fever
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Sinus infection
  • Strep throat
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen spleen
  • Night sweats
  • Sore throat
  • Skin rash

Diagnosis of Mononucleosis

After a physical exam by your physician, several diagnostic tests may be performed including:

  • Blood test
  • Monospot test
  • Antibody titer

Treatment of Mononucleosis

There is no treatment for mononucleosis because it is a virus. The symptoms of mononucleosis can last for several weeks or longer. While mononucleosis is not considered to be a serious disease, the following methods can help relieve symptoms:

  • Rest
  • Drinking fluids
  • Gargling with a warm salt water rinse
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Antiviral medication

Participation in contact sports should be avoided due to the possibility of rupturing the spleen.

Prevention of Mononucleosis

The mononucleosis virus is able to live for several hours outside of the body. Avoid exposure to an infected person and their personal items such as:

  • Food
  • Dishes
  • Glasses
  • Toothbrush
  • Eating utensils

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