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Mononucleosis - The Facts
You Need To Know

Cause of mononucleosis

What are the signs and symptoms of mononucleosis?

Is mono the same as glandular fever?

How long does mono last?
Can you get mono twice?
How is mononucleosis spread?
Is mono highly contagious?
What is the incubation period for mononucleosis?
How is mononucleosis diagnosed?
What is the treatment for mononucleosis?
Chronic fatigue

 

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Cause of mononucleosis

Mononucleosis or glandular fever is caused by an infection by the Epstein Barr virus, a member of the herpes virus family.

Like all the herpes viruses, the virus remains in the body for life, and in some cases can be reactivated when the body's defenses are lowered.

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What are the signs and symptoms of mononucleosis?

The typical symptoms of mononucleosis are:

  • Swollen glands in neck, armpits or groin
  • Fever ranging from mild to severe
  • Fatigue, sometimes extreme
  • Sore throat, similar to tonsillitis

Some patients will also suffer from:

  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Headache
  • Aching muscles
  • Poor appetite
  • Skin rash
  • Abdominal pain
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Cough or runny nose
  • Enlarged liver and spleen.

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Is mono the same as glandular fever?

Yes, it is the same disease as glandular fever. Both Glandular fever and mononucleosis are caused by the Epstein Barr virus.

How long does mono last?

Symptoms of mononucleosis usually last from 1 - 4 weeks although some cases may last months.

Can you get mono twice?

Generally, people only get mono once. However about 6% of people experience a recurrence of the symptoms for months or years after they initially contact the virus.

How is mononucleosis spread?

The Epstein Barr virus is shed from the throat during the illness and up to a year after the infection. The virus can become dormant and later reactivate and be shed from the throat again.

Apart from through kissing, saliva can transmit the virus by people sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels or toys. Mononucleosis can be transmitted from mouth to hand so washing hands well is important.

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Is mono highly contagious?

Though good personal hygiene makes sense, the Epstein-Barr virus is everywhere, and exposure to it cannot be avoided entirely. Washing hands well, avoiding kissing and not sharing towels, glasses and eating utensils with infected patients is a good idea. People with mononucleosis do not need to be isolated from others.

See the e-book "Nature's Amazing Mononucleosis Cures"  for reasons why some people seem more susceptible, and what you can do about it.

 

What is the incubation period for mononucleosis?

Symptoms of mononucleosis appear 30 - 50 days after exposure to the virus, although some people are infected with the virus for weeks or months before any symptoms begin to appear.

How is mononucleosis diagnosed?

Diagnosis is based on a persons age, symptoms and a physical exam. Confirmation of mononucleosis is made from laboratory tests including:

  • Atypical lymphocytes - a type of white blood cell, in the blood. In mononucleosis, these atypical lymphocytes make up more than 10% of total lymphocytes.
  • Increased total white blood cell count
  • Antibody tests like the mono spot test.
  • Additional Epstein Barr antibody tests

These are fully explained in the book.

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What is the treatment for mononucleosis?

The conventional medical approach to treating mononucleosis is not very effective. It includes only the basics like relieving symptoms. Advice normally given is to rest, drink plenty of fluids, gargle with salt water and suck on throat lozenges to relieve a sore throat. To relieve pain and fever, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be recommended.

Antibiotics like penicillin are of no help in mono. Mono is caused by a virus, and antibiotics don't work against viruses. If you have a bacterial infection in addition to having mono, your doctor may give you an antibiotic.

I believe that much more can be done to treat mono naturally.  See the e-book "Nature's Amazing Mononucleosis Cures"  for our full treatment plan.

In the book, I show  the best natural health approaches to treating mono. I explain little known facts about nutrition, supplementation, pure water, adequate rest and sleep, stress reduction, and when to start gentle exercise. I explain complementary therapies like the use of essential oils, homeopathy, massage, and visualisation.

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Chronic fatigue

Some patients never seem to get over mononucleosis. Their primary symptom is usually fatigue and they end up being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The bottom line is how healthy your immune system is. If you have had mononucleosis and still get recurrent sore throats, swollen glands or fatigue, it is nature's way of telling you that something is wrong with your immune system.

It may be suppressed from poor eating habits, nutritional imbalances, stress, smoking or a chronic underlying disease. Your genes can also make you more susceptible to disease.

Fortunately, through general lifestyle practices like a healthy diet, stress reduction, regular exercise and taking some immune boosting supplements, you can strengthen your immunity and keep the symptoms of mononucleosis at bay.

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