Mono is called the “kissing disease” for good reason. This contagious illness is most often transmitted through bodily fluids, such as saliva, which obviously happens when you kiss someone or share utensils like spoons or forks.

This illness is most common among young adults and teenagers. Learn more about it below from our AFC Urgent Care Fountain City team!

What Is Mono?

Mono can be caused by a variety of viruses, but the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the most common culprit. According to experts, by the age of 35, about 90% of people will have had mono; however, many will simply be carriers of the virus rather than experiencing symptoms.

Despite this, many people who contract the virus will have mono symptoms, which we’ve mentioned below.

Common Mono Symptoms

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Head and body aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits
  • Swollen liver or spleen or both
  • Rash

Is Mono a Serious Health Concern?

Normally, no. The majority of mono symptoms go away on their own in two to four weeks, but some symptoms, such as acute fatigue, can remain longer. Extreme weariness might linger up to six months in some circumstances.

A ruptured spleen is the most serious complication of mono. Although an enlarged spleen can occur in some cases of mono, it is rare; however, in severe cases, an enlarged spleen can burst, causing internal bleeding in the abdomen. If your teenage or young adult child is experiencing mono, don’t hesitate to call your doctor if he or she experiences any of the symptoms we’ve listed below.

When to Call a Doctor

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Extreme muscle weakness in arms or legs
  • Intense body aches
  • High fever that won’t go away
  • Severe headaches
  • Sharp pain in the upper left abdomen

Want to learn more about mono? Our AFC Urgent Care Fountain City team can tell you what you need to know! Don’t hesitate to reach out today.