Originally Posted by ally03
About 3 days ago I began feeling sick. Each night I get a high fever, but with tylenol and ice it goes away. Last night I went to bed, and when I woke up I was drenched in sweat. When I went to change, I noticed red spots all over my skin. At first I thought they were zits forming due to the sweat, but now when I look closer they are definitely not zits, they are like a rash. They do not itch or hurt, but they are covering my chest and stomach. I thought that I had the flu, but now I am wondering if I have Mono. These are the symptoms I have been feeling: very tired for the past 2 weeks, fever off and on, sore throat and cough, headaches, and the rash.
Could the rash be from the flu? If I do have Mono should I go to the doctor. I am a college student and I am starting a job as well this week, so I have little time to rest. Please Help!
Well I am no expert, but I did have mono several years ago and did not have a rash. My understanding is that Mono would simply cause extreme exhaustion and a severe sore throat - these were my symptoms. Otther symptons would include swollen glands and nausea. I have heard that a small number of people might get rash but this is rare. The exhaustion that comes with mono is not really like just feeling weak or tired from a virus... its more accute. The exhaustion from mono will leave you so tired you can barely lift your head or walk, at least in severe cases. When I had mono I was bed-ridden for 6 weeks and could only consume liquids for the first 2 weeks because my throat was so swollen. Regardless, mono can only be dioagnosed with a blood test and can only be cured by letting it run its course. Typically you need to have repeated blood tests to confirm you have overcome the virus.
There are many other serious illnesses that do cause rashes so I would think its pretty important that you see a doctor. You should notify your new employer of your condition - asside from the fact that you will probably not be able to perform well on the job while you are sick, they probably don't want you there if you are infected with a contageous virus, nor would it be fair of you to put others at risk of infection.
I am not sure why so many people are reluctant to go to the doctor - please go! In a worst case scenario you will simply have a run of the mill cold or virus, but at least you will know and can get on the road to recovery.