Infectious mononucleosis

Mononucleosis Common in College Students (Sources: Centers for Disease Control)

Infectious mononucleosis, also called “mono,” is a contagious disease. It is common among teenagers and young adults, especially college students.

Symptoms include: extreme fatique, fever, sore throad, head and body aches, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits, swollen liver, spleen or both, and/or rash. Most people get better in two to four weeks; however, some people may feel fatigued for several more weeks. Prevention and Treatment There is no vaccine to protect against infectious mononucleosis. You can help protect yourself by not kissing or sharing drinks, food, or personal items, like toothbrushes, with people who have infectious mononucleosis.

You can help relieve symptoms of infectious mononucleosis by drinking fluids to stay hydrated, getting plenty of rest and taking over-thecounter medications for pain and fever. If you have infectious mononucleosis, you should not take penicillin antibiotics like ampicillin or amoxicillin. If you suspect you have mono, you should consult with your primary care doctor.
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