Mono: mono symptoms and mono treatment.

Mono and College Students

Teenagers and young adults are the most susceptible to mono and it's important for this population to understand the disease. College students are generally hit quite hard by mono since they are often away from home for the first time and trying to balance many things in their lives simultaneously. Therefore, college students need to understand mono and how to cope with it during this busy time in their lives.

Incubation and Contagion

How Do You Know If It's Really Mono?

During college, people are often tired. It's very common for students to complain that they are exhausted, that they are achy and that they want to sleep. While these are symptoms associated with mono, it's possible that you are just tired. In order to know that you actually have mono, you'll have to have three main factors. You'll have symptoms like those of the flu with fatigue, sweats, sore throat, loss of appetite, nausea, headaches and more, you will need to have a positive mono test done by your doctor as well as a complete blood count (CBC) with differential. There will be changes in your white blood cells which your doctor will test and interpret. If you have only one of these factors but not all, you may have something else wrong with you (or you may just need to sleep more during college!). See a doctor and have an examination done to rule out other health issues.

Juggling It All

If you find out that you do have mono, you'll have to abandon your busy schedule for quite awhile. There is no cure for mono except for rest and time. This is not easy for an active college student to hear - but it's the only thing that is going to get you better. The disease usually peaks after about three weeks of the illness. You may have had the illness for a bit before knowing that you did, and your doctor can help you to determine how long you'll need to rest. The virus affects your lymph glands, your spleen and your liver and you can damage these areas of the body if you overdo it and don't rest.

Getting The Word Out

You may need to miss tests, sports practices, and other events in your busy college life for awhile. This may be very hard for you, but it's very important for your health. Bring a note to your professors from your doctor so that they will know that this is serious. Negotiate with them a wide window for you to rest and ask for extensions on any pressing work. Even when you start to get better, it's going to take awhile for you to feel fully recovered. If you feel that you need to, you may even want to return home for a few weeks to get some good care from your parents and to rest.

Make sure to take mono seriously - your body certainly will! You'll need to be fully recovered, with your doctor's permission, before you resume your busy life. The good news is that you'll be immune to mono now and can never get it again!


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