While the correct medical term is infectious mononucleosis, most everyone refers to this illness as mono, or the ‘kissing disease’. The condition results from the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and can be passed on through the mouth, via saliva (this is where the ‘kissing disease’ concept originated from). As such, the illness is known to affect many a teenager; but it can also be passed on by sharing drinks and food with people.
Mono is not a fatal condition, however it is one that can leave those who’ve contracted it, quite sick, weak, and very uncomfortable. In some instances, the illness can further progress into other conditions, including tonsillitis, strep throat, and some have even developed a sinus infection, due to mono. Additionally, while quite uncommon though, mono has even progressed into serious, more severe conditions, like: heart inflammation, hrombocytopenia, anemia, difficulties around the nervous system (Guillain-Barre syndrome, meningitis), and there have been cases where individual’s experience an obstruction in their breathing, due to extremely swollen tonsils. The good news is; mono will eventually leave a person’s system in about one to two month’s time. The bad news is, if you’ve contracted mono, there is no cure or treatment for recovery.
Still, if you think you have mono, it is a good idea to visit your family doctor. First and foremost, they can determine whether or not you do, in fact, have mono (as the illness does share various related symptoms that can be connected to other conditions), provide some advice to help with recovery, and assist with easing your symptoms; as this ‘kissing disease’ can be quite painful.
So, what should you be looking out for when it comes to mono? Here are the top ten signs and symptoms of infectious mononucleosis:
More than just a sore throat that comes with a cold, the sore throat one experiences when they have infectious mononucleosis can be severe. It may be difficult to drink, eat, or even swallow your own spit. What separates mono from a cold is the fact that you will not have any other symptoms associated with a cold, other than that sore throat factor. No sneezing, no coughing, no runny nose.