Mono can cause some pretty dreadful swelling around the throat. It might take months for her to recover 100%, but she should start to feel better after a week or two. The prednisone should start to bring down the swelling in her throat within a couple days, too.
Meanwhile, she'll just have to rest. A lot.
Feed her anything she feels able to eat, and keep giving her liquids. Even if it hurts to swallow, she HAS to drink. Dehydration will just make her throat more sore.
Hang in there Mom! When children are sick, it just is frustrating that Mommy can't fix everything isn't it? My 3rd child had her t&a out when she was 17, she felt so much better, after about a week. It just seemed to help her so much, she had tons of problems with her throat and tonsils when she was little.
I wish you luck, keep us posted!
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She should be able to get a flu shot, but definitely wait until she's well enough to be up and around.
It's actually NOT likely that the rest of the family will get mono. Most adults are immune to mono whether they've ever been sick with it or not, and the disease really isn't that contagious. It's much less contagious than, say, a cold. Just avoid kissing or sharing food and drink for a while.
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