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What is mono?

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mononucleosis, "mono," or glandular fever, is characterized by swollen lymph glands, fever, sore throat and chronic fatigue.

What are the Symptoms of Mono?

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck, armpits, and groin
  • Constant fatigue
  • Sore throat due to tonsillitis, which often makes swallowing difficult
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Liver involvement, such as mild liver damage that can cause temporary jaundice, a yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes due to abnormally high levels of bilirubin (bile pigmentation) in the bloodstream

How Is Mono Treated?

Treatment for mono may include:

  • Rest and plenty of liquids for about 1 month (to give the body's immune system time to destroy the virus)
  • Corticosteroids only when necessary to reduce swelling of the throat and tonsils