Mononucleosis is also known as Mono. As, we all know that its an infectious disease and which is caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that attacks the neck and throat’s Lymph nodes to begin with. Not only EBV is responsible for this there is some different virus which may also be responsible for this. The most common symptoms of mononucleosis are fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands in the neck, under the arms, and in the groin area.
Other symptoms include the following:
- Muscle aches or weakness
- White patches in the throat
- Skin rash
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms in Adult
Though mostly found in teenagers from 15 to 17, mono’s classic symptoms also occur in adults in their early twenties. The symptoms which generally found in Adults are as follows:
- Fatigue is the most common symptom of mono. It last for several months following the initial infection.
- A sore throat may develop EBV in your mouth and this may mimic a development of strep throat might not get better with antibiotics.
- Fever may accompany the mono virus. The fever associated with the virus generally lasts 10 days or less. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen helps in getting comport in treating mono.
- Lymph nodes are glands found in various locations in the body. The purpose of lymph nodes is to assist the immune system in filtering foreign objects in the body, such as a virus. Swollen lymph nodes in neck and armpits and swollen tonsils, eyelids, spleen along with swelling around the eyes are all symptoms of mono in adults.
The major symptoms will usually last for two to four weeks, but a full recovery for an adult may take months. The doctor may order blood tests, particularly the mono spot test. This test detects antibodies to the Epstein-Barr virus, but sometimes it is inaccurate (yields a false negative) during the first week of infection. Other blood tests, such as a complete blood count, might be done to see if the number of lymphocytes is higher than normal, which may support the diagnosis.
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