Infectious Mononucleosis

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Infectious mononucleosis, sometimes called the kissing disease, is an infection usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The virus is very common, and many people have been exposed to the virus at some time in childhood. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about mono in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Infectious mononucleosis often is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Mono usually is not serious, but some people with mono feel very tired and have pain in their joints that lasts for several weeks.

Mono is most common in older children, teenagers and young adults. The virus is spread by contact with the saliva of someone who had the infection within the past few months. Mono can be spread by kissing a person who is infected or by sharing a glass, bottle or eating utensils.

People with mono usually have a sore throat, fever, swollen glands and pus on their tonsils. Their liver and spleen might be tender and larger than normal so contact sports are not recommended.

The most important thing you can do when you have mono is get plenty of rest and drink enough liquids. Most people with mono feel better after one month. Some people feel tired and sleep more than normal for as long as six months.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.