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Mononucleosis - The kissing disease

Mononucleosis - The kissing disease

Infectious mononucleosis (mono), also called the kissing disease is a common illness that leaves one feeling tired and weak for weeks or months. The virus (Epstein-Barr) that causes mononucleosis is usually transmitted through saliva, so one can get it through kissing and also if he or she is exposed through a cough or sneeze or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono.

The signs and symptoms of Mononucleosis may include:

• Skin rash
• Headache
• Swollen tonsils
• Soft, swollen spleen
• Fatigue
• Fever
• Swollen lymph nodes in your neck and armpits
• Sore throat or strep throat
• Malaise

Here are a few self-help measures to consider:

• Get plenty of rest
• Gargle with salt water to soothe your sore throat
• Avoid contact sports and heavy lifting as your spleen may be enlarged and impact or straining could cause it to burst
• Drink plenty of water and fruit juices as fluids help to relieve fever and sore throat as well as prevent dehydration

You can help prevent mono from spreading to others by not kissing them, and avoiding sharing food, dishes, glasses and utensils until your fever has subsided or even longer, if possible.

If you've been experiencing symptoms of mononucleosis and you're unable to manage your symptoms, contact your doctor!

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