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Old 01-21-2014, 06:06 AM   #1
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mononucleosis symptoms/treatment

My neighbour informed my that her 16 year old daughter has mononucleosis. What are the symptoms and what are the treatments? How long does the virus affect the body?

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Re: mononucleosis symptoms/treatment

Mono is a viral infection caused by the Epstein Barr virus. It is very common and causes a sore throat, swollen glands, fever, aching and severe fatigue. It may cause headaches, joint pain, inflamed liver and enlarged spleen. It lasts a long time compared to other respiratory viruses, 1-3 months or sometimes more. It is contagious through respiratory secretions and saliva, so precautions are needed. There is no specific treatment unfortunately. Most people recover completely. It is diagnosed by blood tests, such as CBC, mono spot or EBV antibody titers.

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