Mononucleosis or mono for short is one of those illnesses that people have heard of, but no very little about. Mono is often referred to as the kissing disease. This is because mono is transmitted through saliva. Of course, you don’t have to be caught in the act of canoodling to be struck down with mono. Sharing food, drinks and an infected person sneezing near you are all ways that you can contract mono.
Mono is not entirely dangerous, but as with any disease or illness, it’s always wise to combat it and nip it in the bud. This can ensure that you are in a good place to be fit and healthy.
Symptoms of Mono
The symptoms of mono can be akin to the common cold. This is why so many people leave it untreated. Symptoms such as fatigue, tiredness and general malaise can leave people thinking that they are just ‘run down’. Often, as adults, we have stressful lives. Feeling under the weather is normal. But, if you have these symptoms and enlarged glands and nodes, it may be wise to head to the doctor. Usually, signs are in full swing after six weeks. So, keep an eye on your symptoms and make sure that you are combating the problem before it worsens. As mononucleosis develops, it can enlarge your spleen. So, seek medical attention immediately.
How Can I Combat Mono?
Mononucleosis treatments can be sought from your doctor. But, there are some ways that you can combat the problem. Traditional antibiotics are a good way of doing this. Bed rest is usually recommended to combat the issues of fatigue. Avoiding sharing drinks and food can also stop you from getting infected.
It’s worth mentioning that mono is not airborne. So, if someone has mono in your home, you won’t become infected. It’s said to be less contagious than the common cold! Do make sure that you or your loved ones get treatment. While infections rarely have detrimental effects, it’s not nice to feel unwell.
If you find that you have mono, take yourself off to bed and nestle down with Netflix for a few days. You’ll feel much better for getting some rest.
Your Doctor’s Tests for Mono
If you think you have mono, you will undoubtedly head to the doctor. As such, your doctor will perform a series of exams and tests. This is done to ensure that you do have mono. You will be asked questions about your medical history and who you have close contact with. They may take a blood test in severe cases. But, usually, these are only done if your spleen has become enlarged or if complications have arisen.
In some instances, your doctor may want to check your liver. As an enlarged spleen can have an impact on your liver, it’s imperative that your vital organs are tested too. After all, your overall health is essential.
Combating mono doesn’t have to be scary. On the contrary, it’s easy to diagnose and easy to remedy.