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Dr. Diana Koelliker answers this week’s question:
“COULD YOU HAVE THE KISSING DISEASE?”
So, here is the scoop.
Infectious Mononucleosis, sometimes referred to as the kissing disease, is a viral illness that is spread via saliva. Needless to say: it gets around!
Symptoms include a high fever, sore throat, swollen glands, and fatigue and typically present 4-6 weeks after exposure to the virus.
Mono is most commonly seen in adolescents or young adults and symptoms may last for one to two months. The infection may result in an enlarged spleen and therefore it is recommended to avoid contact sports for 4 weeks to avoid the risk of rupture of the spleen.
Mono can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. However, because it is caused by a virus, there is no antibiotic or other treatment…it simply has to run its course
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