Kw-logo-smaller

Mono - Knowing the Signs

Mono symptoms include sore throat, fever and extreme tiredness.
Mononucleosis

If you're so tired that you're missing school, sitting out from sports games and skipping parties, you could have mono - a disease that makes you sick and tired.

Mononucleosis - What is Mono?

Mononucleosis (mono) is a viral infection that causes sore throat, fever and enlarged lymph nodes (found in the throat, neck and armpit). It's caused either by the Epstein-Barr virus or cytomegalovirus (CMV) - both are found in the herpes family, which are responsible for cold sores and chickenpox. Mono is most commonly diagnosed in teens and young adults. It usually isn't very serious, but the virus stays in your body for life.

Mononucleosis - How is Mono Passed?

The mono virus is found in saliva and mucus, but isn't spread as easily as some other viruses like the common cold. Mono is often called the kissing disease cuz you can get it through smooching - but it's more frequently transmitted by coughing, sneezing or drinking from the same glass as an infected person. While it's fine to share snacks with your friends, stay on the safe side by drinking your own juice box and water bottle.

Mononucleosis - What Are the Symptoms?

Mono lasts about four weeks. You'll see the first symptoms develop about four to seven weeks after you've been exposed to the mono virus.
  • Sore throat.
  • White patches on the back of your throat.
  • Fever.
  • Extreme tiredness.
  • Sore muscles.
  • Enlargement of lymph nodes.
  • Enlarged spleen (the organ that filters your blood and produces antibodies to fight bacteria).
  • Loss of appetite, nausea, jaundice (when your skin turns yellow), severe headaches, chest pain and breathing difficulties can also occur.
  • Mononucleosis - How Do I Treat Mono?

    Unfortunately, there's no cure for mono. The best and only way to treat it is to relieve your symptoms. Here's how...
  • Get plenty of bed rest.
  • Drink lots of fluids, especially water.
  • If you have a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water and eat popsicles!
  • Avoid any physical activity until your doctor says it's safe.
  • Related Stories:

  • Chicken Pox 101
  • The 411 on ADHD
  • The Lowdown on Heart Disease
  • More Health and Body Tips!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    F1127951698890

    Have You Ever Had Mono?

    • Yeah - it sucked!
    • No, and I hope I never get it.
    • I'm not sure...

    related stories

    Dear Dish-It in the forums

    GaaraOfTheSand
    GaaraOfTheSand posted in Style:
    I honestly don't know..... I have always been a geeky tomboy
    reply about 2 hours
    LittleLowe
    LittleLowe posted in Style:
    I know how to change. I've seen people do this before. Here are some tips. #1: Start to wear dresses more often #2: Try  different types of hair styles ( or make up you're own) #3: Wear pink lipstick (if allowed by school rules) #4: Wear Pink clothes or  accessories ( like a bow or a skirt) #5: Smile more #6: Talk to boys or make more friends( be more social to others even if it's a boy) These are some tips I can give. Hope you enjoyed trying or reading this!!       Guess what, I am a tomboy!! Crazy right!  :o)
    reply about 3 hours
    AlphaT
    AlphaT posted in Style:
    First off, I fail to see how makeup is girly. But, I mean, little things...what you wear, how you wear it, a purse, lip stuff and eye stuff maybe?
    reply about 3 hours
    GaaraOfTheSand
    GaaraOfTheSand posted in Style:
    The ones #######? Cause that's an Anime
    reply about 3 hours
    123eyesonmebapisrigh
    the  girl  and the  guy ... is that a movie?
    reply about 4 hours

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    157262_(2)

    When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...