Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is a common and contagious illness that affects many adolescents and young adults. The condition can cause a variety of irritating symptoms that can leave you feeling unwell for weeks at a time. In most cases, once you’ve been infected with mono you will never be infected again. However, some people undergo a rare re-infection that may need to be monitored and treated professionally. If you’re suffering from mono symptoms for the first time, or the second, plan a visit to the walk-in clinic at AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock for a proper diagnosis and symptom relief– no appointment necessary.
What is Mono & What are the Symptoms?
Mono is a viral infection that is commonly referred to as the “kissing disease,” as the illness spreads through saliva and other bodily fluids. Typically, mono develops after exposure to the Epstein-Barr virus, and the symptoms may not begin until weeks after transmission. The primary sign that you’ve been infected with mono is an intense feeling of fatigue, or tiredness. However, it can be difficult to distinguish the condition on your own, so visit AFC Castle Rock for professional testing.
The common symptoms of mono include:
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen spleen
- Body aches
Can You Be Infected with Mono Twice?
In most cases, you cannot be infected with mono twice. Once you’ve been infected with the virus, it will live in your body in an inactive state. Most people will not experience a re-infection and therefore not undergo mono symptoms twice. However, in rare cases, mono symptoms may recur months or even years later. This can happen if your immune system is in a weak state, and not strong enough to prevent a second infection.
If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of mono, and you've already been infected with mono in the past, it’s important to seek medical attention. Normally, re-infections don’t show serious symptoms, but if you’re experiencing fatigue, fever, or swollen lymph nodes the second time around, it’s crucial that you monitor your condition to best prevent any complications.
Mono Prevention and Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no single medication or antibiotic that can treat mononucleosis. Mono is typically treated at home with plenty of rest, hydration, and over-the-counter pain relievers. Sometimes, mono can cause other bacterial infections to develop, like an ear infection. In this case, a medical provider will typically prescribe antibiotics to help alleviate bacterial infection symptoms. Regardless, it’s important to ensure you get a proper diagnosis of your symptoms, as mono has a long contagious period.
To prevent getting mono, it’s always important to practice good hygiene and hand washing throughout the day. Don’t share drinking glasses or eating utensils with anyone, especially those that are sick with any illness symptoms. Keep your distance for infected people, and continue to learn about additional ways to boost your immune system. Take advantage of the preventative health services available at AFC Castle Rock to learn more about preventing mono and supporting your overall health. For any more questions, call us directly at (303) 660-9700.