Infectious Mononucleosis, commonly known as mono, is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Mono is usually spread through saliva, which is why it has been nicknamed the “kissing disease.” However, coughing, sneezing, or sharing drinks and eating utensils are other ways the disease can spread.
Symptoms of Mononucleosis
Symptoms of mono range from mild to quite severe. Many patients never have symptoms of mono, but those that do usually complain of severe fatigue, which can last up to several months. Other symptoms include:
- Low energy levels
- Sore throat
- Body ache
- Lack of appetite
- Enlarged spleen
Most patients with mono will not suffer any serious complications. However, one of the most dangerous complications of mono is an enlarged spleen, or splenomegaly. Patients with splenomegaly have a risk of rupturing their spleen, which is a medical emergency.
Please contact your doctor or visit Urgentology Care today if you are not feeling well or have any of the above symptoms. Our experienced team of compassionate medical professionals will evaluate you and provide you with the proper diagnosis in a short time. We will do our best to help you avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.
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