Symptoms of Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis, also called “mono” or “the kissing disease,” is a contagious viral infection that can leave you feeling absolutely wiped out — as if you’re fighting the worst cold or flu you’ve ever had. Infectious mononucleosis is primarily caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), but other infections, such as cytomegalovirus or toxoplasmosis, can cause the… Continue reading Symptoms of Mononucleosis

Recovering From Mono: What Doctors Want You to Know

If you or someone you love has been sidelined by mononucleosis, aka mono, getting lots of rest and taking good care of yourself will be key to feeling better and recovering sooner. Mono is a very common illness usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that can leave teens and adults feeling like they’re fighting the worst cold… Continue reading Recovering From Mono: What Doctors Want You to Know

How to Prevent Mono and Avoid Infection

Infectious mononucleosis (more commonly known as mono) is a disease you can catch if you get infected with certain viruses, mainly the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). “Ninety percent of cases of infectious mononucleosis are caused by Epstein-Barr virus,” says Stan Deresinski, MD, a clinical professor in medicine at Stanford University in California, who specializes in infectious diseases.… Continue reading How to Prevent Mono and Avoid Infection

Epstein-Barr Virus

By age 35, almost everyone has been infected with Epstein-Barr virus, the most common cause of mononucleosis. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is in the herpes family of viruses, and is one of the most common human viruses in the world. By age 35, almost everyone has antibodies to EBV, indicating they've been infected with the… Continue reading Epstein-Barr Virus

Complications of Mononucleosis

When teens and adults get mononucleosis, they can experience debilitating symptoms, such as extreme exhaustion, muscle aches, and sore throat. For most people, symptoms subside after two to four weeks, though you may feel lingering fatigue and tire more easily for up to two months after symptoms go away. (1,2) But beyond that, most of… Continue reading Complications of Mononucleosis