Mononucleosis, commonly referred to as mono, is a viral infection that frequently affects adolescents. Although common, there are many misconceptions about mono– including how it is spread and treated. One primary question you may be wondering is whether or not mono can be treated with antibiotics. This blog will explore the symptoms of mono and answer some frequently asked questions about the condition.
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Signs and Symptoms of Mono
There are various uncomfortable symptoms that are associated with mono that can be disruptive to your daily routine– including an intense feeling of tiredness. After you’ve been infected with the virus, it may take weeks until you start noticing any symptoms.
The common symptoms of mono include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen spleen
- Body aches
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to seek medical attention. A healthcare provider at your local urgent care can help diagnose whether or not you have been infected with mono and help discuss the path to treatment.
How is Mono Spread?
Mono is often called the “kissing disease” as it’s commonly spread through mouth to mouth contact. However, the infection can also spread through objects– like sharing water bottles or utensils. Additionally, mono spreads through droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing. This means it’s possible for anyone to become infected if they’re in close contact with another sick person.
It’s important to keep a safe distance from people who are displaying symptoms in order to best prevent getting mono yourself. Other prevention measures include frequent hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you do find yourself feeling under the weather, you should prioritize resting your body and getting professional care if necessary.
What Are The Treatment Options for Mono?
When you visit the clinic with symptoms of mono, your condition will be diagnosed accurately through a sample collection. Once diagnosed, there are a few treatment options available to help alleviate the symptoms of mono. However, antibiotics do not work to fight off the infection as it’s viral, not bacterial. Treatment regimens typically involve fluid intake, plenty of rest, and a healthy diet. Additionally, over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce a fever or soothe a sore throat.
Mono will usually pass within two to four weeks depending on. The most common lingering symptom is fatigue. In some cases, those infected with mono may feel tired for up to six months. It’s important to prioritize letting your body rest and taking a break from high-intensity activities and exercise during this time.
Visit AFC Urgent Care Lakewood for Care
If you’re dealing with the symptoms of mono or have been in close contact with another infected person, visit AFC Urgent Care Lakewood for testing and symptom relief. Our medical providers can diagnose your condition quickly with the clinic’s on-site lab. We’re open every day of the week, making healthcare accessible for those with the busiest schedules.
If you have any additional questions about mono treatment, or other urgent care services we provide, call our office directly at (303) 988-3600.