Mononucleosis, often called “mono,” is a viral infection that can cause flu-like symptoms. The infection is sometimes called the “kissing disease” because it is highly contagious and lives within an infected person’s spit. One of the earliest symptoms of mono is an intense feeling of fatigue, or tiredness. Mono can affect anyone, but is most commonly diagnosed in adolescents and people in their early 20s.
So, how exactly do you know if you have mono and are there any options to treat the infection? Continue reading to learn more and plan a visit to the walk-in clinic at AFC Urgent Care Burlington for professional medical care, no appointment necessary.
When you have mono, you may not notice symptoms until four to seven weeks after you’ve been infected. During this incubation period, you're still contagious and can spread the virus to others. If you start feeling an uncommon sense of tiredness, or a consistent sore throat, you may have mono and should visit AFC Burlington for testing.
The early signs of mono include:
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck and armpits
- Swollen spleen
When visiting a medical office with concern about mono or to have your symptoms checked, the appointment will begin with a physical exam. Tell your provider about all of the symptoms you’ve experienced and when they started. Your provider may check your lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen, and liver for swelling. Some cases may require a blood test for Epstein-Barr antibodies.
AFC Urgent Care Burlington is able to test for mono, strep throat, the flu, and COVID-19 with our on-site lab. Patients can receive a diagnosis within 15 minutes of testing, which allows for quick and convenient visits when you’re sick. We can help patients get the proper treatment and symptom relief from mono symptoms.
If you find yourself suffering from any symptoms of mono, or know someone that has been infected and want to be tested, visit AFC Urgent Care Burlington. Our medical providers can get a sample and receive a diagnosis quickly thanks to our on-site lab. We can make recommendations for your treatment to feel better as soon as possible.
We’re open every day of the week, making healthcare accessible for those with the busiest schedules. Visit our urgent care center with no appointment necessary. If you have any more questions about mono testing and treatment, or other urgent care services we provide, walk-in or call today at (781) 270-4700.