Symptoms of Mononucleosis

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Mononucleosis Symptoms Mononucleosis is an infectious disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which infects the cells in an individual's throat, and an individual's immune system (Deckler et al., 2009). Mononucleosis gets its name from the high number of white blood cells in the blood of an infected person, which are called mononuclear cells (Deckler et al., 2009). People infected with EBV carry the virus in their saliva. Symptoms The symptoms of Mononucleosis are as follows, according to the MayoClinic (2012): Fatigue/Exhaustion Overwhelming feeling of malaise Sore, irritated throat, such as a strep throat that doesn't respond to antibiotics Fever Swollen/enlarged/sore lymph nodes in neck and armpits Swollen tonsils Headache/migraine Skin rash or otherwise irritated skin Soft, swollen spleen A person suffering from mono who has a swollen spleen must be very careful to avoid physical activity or any sports which could cause a rupture to the spleen (Deckler et al., 2009). This type of precaution is truly important as, resuming normal activities can be done within a few days, but all forms of exercise and one should really wait at least a month for the safety of the spleen. While the sore throat and swollen tonsils may last just a few days or a week, the sense of extreme fatigue will last at least a few weeks (Deckler et al., 2009). Mode of Transmission As stated earlier, individuals carry the virus in their saliva, which means that it can be

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