Not Medical Advice: It could be mono. Mononucleosis, or mono, is usually spread by saliva and close contact. It is known as "the kissing disease," and happens most often in those age 15 to 17. Though, the infection might develop at any age.
Mono is commonly linked to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), however can also be caused by other organisms such as cytomegalovirus (CMV).
Not everybody infected with the virus that causes mono (Epstein-Barr virus, or EBV) has symptoms. This is especially correct for young children, who might have a fever however no other symptoms. People ages 15-24 are most likely to have obvious symptoms.
The most common symptoms of mono include:
- Fever, which might range from 101 °F (38.3 °C) to 104 °F (40 °C), and chills.
- Sore throat, usually with white patches on the tonsils (which may look like strep throat).
- Swollen lymph nodes all over the body, especially the lymph nodes in the neck.
- Swollen tonsils.
- Headache or body aches.
- Fatigue and a lack of energy.
- Loss of appetite.
- Pain in the upper left part of the abdomen, which might mean that the spleen has become enlarged.
These symptoms usually get better in around 1 or 2 months.
Self-care is usually all that is needed if you have mono. Unless you have a serious complication of mono (which rarely occurs), no medicine or treatment will speed your recovery. Most people who have mono recover without problems. There are many steps you can take to ease the symptoms until you are back to normal, read more at WebMD.
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