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Teens and mononucleosis: tips for coping with mono

The disease mononucleosis is better known amongst teens as “mono” or “the kissing disease.” It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. You can catch it at any age but it’s most common in 10 to 35 year olds. Whilst mono is not considered to be a serious disease, coping with it in adolescence can be a real challenge.

Some of the symptoms of mono can include; fever, muscle ache, severe sore throat and tonsils, swollen glands, skin rash and feelings of exhaustion and depression.

Mono is transmitted through saliva. It’s not just kissing that spreads it - sharing straws, glasses or being close when someone sneezes or coughs can also transmit the disease. But you shouldn’t panic! Most of your peers picked up the virus at a young age and are already immune.

If you have the symptoms of mono, your doctor can do a blood test to check. Unfortunately there is no magic cure – but there are many tips you can follow to help you cope better.

  • Getting plenty of rest is the most important treatment for mono. Doing too much will keep the symptoms around for longer.
  • Drink lots of fluids. Many people find that cold drinks and frozen desserts help. You can even try gargling with salt water.
  • Take a break from all sports. This might sound a bit extreme but you need to rest your body and avoid damaging your spleen.
  • Take over the counter medication to help with high fever and pain. Get advice from your Dr.
  • Stay home from school until the fever is gone and you feel stronger.

It’s very normal for teens with mono to feel anxious about it. You might be worried about missing school and exams. Perhaps you feel like you are missing out socially?

A positive attitude really helps. It can take a while but listening to your body and having plenty of rest will help you get back to better health.

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