Have you ever heard about mononucleosis? What is it? Facts about mononucleosis will give you information about an infection which is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It is a member of the herpes virus family that transmit through saliva and mucus. Mononucleosis is also known as ‘mono’ or ‘kissing disease’. The average ages who suffer mono is around 14-18. However, it can also occur at any age. There are many still information about mononucleosis that will be explained below. Check this out!
Facts about Mononucleosis 1: Once in a life time
Generally, mononucleosis only happened once in a life time or sometimes twice. Approximately, it is only 6% of people who suffer recurrent mononucleosis. It is because the immune system is not good.
Facts about Mononucleosis 2: Mononucleosis symptoms
There are many the symptoms of mono. They are fever, swollen glands in your neck, tiredness, sore throat, swollen tonsils. The other
symptoms are headache, skin rash, cough, runny nose, poor appetite, abdominal pain, and more. However, young children only have few symptoms.
Facts about Mononucleosis 3: The spread of Mono
Mono is not only spread through kissing. People who suffer mono can spread the virus through tools that have been used by them, including toothbrushes, utensils, cups, lip-gloss or lip balm. Besides, sneeze or cough can also spread the mono.
Facts about Mononucleosis 4: Glandular fever
Actually, glandular fever and mononucleosis are same disease. It is also known as Epstein Barr, infectious mononucleosis, EBV, and mononucleosis virus.
Facts about Mononucleosis 5: Mono is not serious disease
Mono is not serious disease. That’s why do not afraid if you get mono. Because it won’t kill you.
Facts about Mononucleosis 6: Mononucleosis diagnosis
There are many ways to diagnosis mono. Symptoms, age, physical exam are things that can help the doctor to diagnose mono. However, the main point to know it is blood tests. If the result is positive, it means that you have mono. But if the result is negative, it is still confused that you have it or not.
Facts about Mononucleosis 7: Types of blood tests
There are two types of blood tests. The first is differential white blood cell count. It is used to measure the different types of white blood cells. The second is heterophil tests. It measures the levels of heterophil antibody.
Facts about Mononucleosis 8: How to prevent mono infection?
There are many ways to prevent mono. Avoiding kissing and washing hand well are the important thing to avoid it. Besides, don’t share food, drinks, and eating utensils with infected patients. For kids, parents have to keep their toys clean. Person with mono infection is banned to donate blood because it will very easy to spread the virus.
Facts about Mononucleosis 9: Duration of mononucleosis
The duration of mononucleosis symptoms is around 1 – 6 weeks.
Facts about Mononucleosis 10: The treatment of Mononucleosis
Actually, the treatment of mono is very simple. You just need to rest, eat good, drink lots of fluids, or gargle with salt water. It is because antibuotics cannot work in virus. Whereas ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be drunk to relieve pain and fever.
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