Mononucleosis, or “mono,” as it’s most commonly known, is a virus that is most frequent among teens and adolescents. What is it, and why is it common, though?

Our AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN team shares some helpful info on this virus below, so keep reading!

What Is Mono?

Mono is an infectious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, and it’s often referred to as the “kissing disease.” Mono is spread through saliva, which means that kissing is the most common way the virus is transmitted. While kissing is the most common transmittal, you can also be exposed by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono.

Although the symptoms of mononucleosis, which we’ve listed below, are unpleasant, the infection is self-resolving and has no long-term health complications.

Common Mono Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat, perhaps misdiagnosed as strep throat, that doesn’t get better after treatment with antibiotics
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Soft, swollen spleen

Is Mono Preventable?

Yes, it is. Since mono is spread through saliva, avoiding things like sharing drinks, food, inhalers, cigarettes, and yes, kissing, are the best ways to prevent the illness. Obviously, it’s tough to avoid all these things, but it’s important to use your best judgment, especially if you are considering sharing something with someone who has been recently ill.

Although mono is an infectious virus, not everyone who is exposed to it will get it. Even so, we’ve listed some additional ways you can prevent yourself from getting it below!

Ways to Prevent Mono

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle since a healthy individual is better prepared to ward off any virus when exposed.
  • Eat a nutritional diet and get adequate sleep, which is between seven and nine hours each night.
  • Exercise for at least 150 minutes each week, which keeps the body fit and less likely to catch any viral illnesses.

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