Also known as Mono and “the Kissing Disease,” Mononucleosis is a viral infection that affects the throat and respiratory system of the infected. Spread through saliva, either through kissing or sharing utensils and foods, the disease is most prevalent in teens and young adults. It comes with many symptoms, such as sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, high fevers, and chronic fatigue. But what is standard mononucleosis treatment in Safety Harbor for teenagers and young adults?
Mononucleosis, if left untreated, can cause inflammation of the liver and spleen enlargement. Since it’s a common human virus, there’s not much treatment that can be done to eliminate it from your system. You have to take it slow, rest, drink plenty of fluids. You also have to treat the symptoms, such as high fever, with over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers. Severe complications beyond the average mild symptoms are rare.
How Long Does Mononucleosis Typically Last?
Most teenagers and young adults have resilient immune systems, which means mononucleosis lasts for less time in their systems than it would in someone older. Mononucleosis typically clears up in two to four weeks, but an infected person can remain contagious for up to six weeks after symptoms have cleared.
What Should a Mono-Infected Person Avoid?
- Avoid kissing anyone.
- Avoid sharing food or utensils with anyone.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with a weakened immune system.
To protect yourself from mononucleosis, you should consume a healthy, nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. In other words, strive to keep yourself healthy through healthy habits. It would help if you also washed your hands regularly to avoid transmitting viral germs.
You can learn about mononucleosis treatment in Safety Harbor for teenagers and young adults by calling Polmed Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic at (727) 339-2054. While we accept walk-ins, you can also call to schedule an appointment.