Mononucleosis, also known as Mono or The Kissing Disease, is a contagious, infectious virus passed predominantly through saliva. This means you can become infected through kisses, shared drinks, silverware, or (rarely) after physical contact with an infected person who didn’t wash their hands after touching their mouth. For mononucleosis testing in Clearwater, you can head to Polmed Primary Care and Walk-In Clinic!
The symptoms of a Mono infection include:
- Pain when talking or swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes and swollen tonsils
- Chronic fatigue, body aches, and a fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Unexplained skin rash
- Severe headache that persists despite medication
- Night sweats and fever-induced insomnia
Mononucleosis is a serious infection that, if left untreated, could result in enlargement of the spleen. Enlargement could lead to a rupture, resulting in an immediate need for surgery. If you have sudden sharp pains in your left-upper abdomen after being diagnosed with Mono, seek medical attention immediately.
You can avoid contracting Mononucleosis by washing your hands, not kissing anyone sick, and avoiding sharing drinks or silverware with others.
How Long Does It Take to Get Over Mononucleosis?
On average, most people recover from Mono within two to four weeks. However, there’s lingering fatigue that can affect you for an additional two weeks, bringing the recovery time to four to six weeks.
Rarely, if the Mono infection is severe, recovery might take six months to a full year. The incubation period, also known as how long someone is contagious, is around four weeks before the first symptom, then several weeks thereafter.
Contact Us for an Appointment!
While we accept walk-ins at Polmed Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic, you can also call (727) 339-2054 to schedule an appointment. We offer many services, including mononucleosis testing in Clearwater, so your health needs are covered.