Do I Have Mono?

Mono is an infection that is common among teenagers and young adults. It is also commonly referred to as the “kissing disease” since it primarily spreads through saliva in close contact. Most cases of mono are not serious. If you are suffering from the symptoms below, visit AFC Urgent Care New Britain for a diagnosis. We provide lab testing to determine positive strains of strep throat and mono for all patients. Receive treatment today. 

Symptoms of Mono

Patients with mono can experience symptoms very differently. Some patients have very mild symptoms, where others are more severe. There are no factors that will help determine who will be impacted severely, but having a low immune system can make all illnesses worse. Signs of mono can include:

  • Severe fatigue
  • Severe sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fever and body chills
  • A rash on your face or body
  • Red spots or bruises on the roof of your mouth

Some patients also experience pain in their upper abdomen due to an enlarged spleen. It’s important to not engage in any physical activity while sick with mono, as you can rupture your spleen. Mono infections move slowly. Symptoms typically begin within four to six weeks after exposure to the virus. Most symptoms will be resolved after two to four weeks, but some can last longer. Symptoms such as fatigue can last up to six months in some cases. 

When to See a Doctor

If you begin to feel intense pain in your stomach, have blurred vision, or pass out, seek medical attention immediately. These are all signs of a ruptured spleen. Having symptoms last more than ten days or a severe sore throat for more than two days that makes swallowing painful should also receive medical attention. These can be symptoms of strep throat, instead. Additional symptoms that should receive medical attention include a fever over 101 that lasts a few days, yellow skin or eyes, or a severe headache along with a stiff neck. 

Treatment Options

Mono is caused by a virus, so antibiotics will not help fight the infection. Getting plenty of rest is the best way to quickly fight off the condition, as fatigue is the number one symptom. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help relieve symptoms such as fever, body aches, or pain from the sore throat. Additionally, if the sore throat is extremely painful, a steroid may be prescribed. Be sure to check with your doctor to ensure you are cleared for activities such as contact sports. They will be able to determine if your spleen has returned to normal size and is no longer at risk of rupturing.