The condition that many of us know as ‘mono’ is actually technically known as ‘infectious mononucleosis’. This term in fact refers not to a single disease, but rather a range of different symptoms caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. This collection of symptoms is most commonly witnessed in teenagers but can actually affect patients of all ages.
Another term used to refer to this condition is ‘the kissing disease’. This refers to the fact that the virus can be spread via saliva and so is often shared between romantic partners: as a result of kissing. This is only one way in which the condition is shared, however; and it is also passed on in a number of other ways.
Other ways in which mono can be spread, include:
- Blood contact
- Sharing food
- Sharing drinks
Normally it takes about 4-8 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can sometimes make it difficult to initially identify the condition.
In this post, we will look at some of the most common symptoms to look out for, so that you can better identify the condition should it occur.
1. Sore Throat
One of the most common symptoms of mono is a sore throat. This is particularly common among teenagers and younger adults and will normally last several days – though in some rare cases it can actually last for multiple weeks. Along with coughing and wheezing, this can also cause mucus.
Cough sweets, honey water, and other strategies can be used to ease discomfort and this can also help to prevent the condition from spreading via coughing. It’s also a good idea to try and resist the need to cough where possible in order to prevent causing further aggravation to the throat. This can help to reduce swelling which will only make the condition more painful.