Mono: mono symptoms and mono treatment.

I've Got Mono? But I'm an Adult!

Some people may be surprised to learn that they have mono.  They know that kids get mono, and that it's often called the "kissing disease" but they don't think they can get it as adults.  Unfortunately, they are wrong.

If you're an adult and you've got mono, chances are that it's even more severe than it would be if you were younger. Adult mono symptoms are more severe than they are for children and teenagers. This may be true for a number of reasons; you are older and don't necessarily bounce back from illness as well; you have more responsibility and aren't able to give yourself the time you need to recover; your body isn't as able to fight off infection and viruses; and more.

Adult Symptoms

Adult symptoms of mono include an overwhelming feeling of fatigue. It can take as long as months for your energy to come back completely. An adult with mono will experience the same symptoms that a child or teenager will experience, including fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, headaches, lack of energy and loss of appetite. They may also experience jaundice, stiffness of the neck, a rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath. The major symptoms will usually last for two to four weeks, but a full recovery for an adult may take months.

Spleen Problems

The major problem with mono is that it can cause problems with the spleen. The spleen can swell to two or three times its normal size. This happens in about fifty percent of people with mono. Doctors recommend mono patients avoid heavy lifting and contact sports for three to four weeks after becoming ill with mono. It is important to protect the spleen from rupturing.

Seeking Medical Attention

While there aren't any specific treatments that all doctors prescribe for mono, it is certainly helpful to get a diagnosis should you think that you are infected. Diagnosis by a doctor can help to rule out other diseases and problems. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult a doctor immediately: difficulty breathing or swallowing, abdominal pain which could indicate a ruptured spleen, bleeding from the gums, seizures, severe headaches, chest pains, an inability to drink fluids or a severe weakness in the arms or legs.

Your doctor will do a number of blood tests to determine whether or not you have mono, and will treat you accordingly. If you do have mono, you can expect a good deal of bed rest and fluids. There is no specific treatment for mono, but rather this virus requires time to help you to get back on your feet. There are many alternative treatments that some people recommend, and these can be explored if they interest you.

The most important thing, if you are diagnosed with mono, is to slow down and give your body the time that it needs to heal. When people get mono as adults, they often try to continue with their routine. People need to understand that this virus can be quite debilitating and that they need to give themselves quite a bit of time to recover and to get back to their old selves.


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