You can learn how to tell if you have mono (mononucleosis) by learning what the symptoms of mono are. Mononucleosis is caused by Epstein-Barr virus, which is a herpes virus. When a healthy person comes in contact with an infected person’s saliva or mucus the infection is passed on. The way the virus is spread earned the disease the nickname “the kissing disease”.
To tell if you have mono, you will need;
- Hand held mirror
- The common symptoms. The incubation period (how long it takes for symptoms to appear) is four to six weeks after exposure. If you believe you have been exposed to Mono or you are feeling ill check the list of the most common symptoms. Mono’s flu like symptoms include fever, muscle aches, weakness, intense fatigue, skin rash, headache, white patches in the throat, sore throat, yellowing of the skin or eyes, swollen lymph glands in the back of the neck, under the arms, and in the groin area, and loss of appetite.
- Check your symptoms. The first step is to take your temperature with a thermometer. Mono can easily spike the body’s temperature to 104 degrees or more. If your temperature is that high call your doctor immediately for instructions. If your fever has spiked to 104 degrees aspirin or Tylenol will help lower it. Examine your body for a red skin rash using a mirror. Check your throat for white patches by shining a flashlight down your throat and looking in a hand held mirror. It is common to see red inflamed tonsils with Mono. Feel your lymph glands for swelling. They will be easy to locate because they will likely be achy.
- What to do next. Call your doctor or go to a local quick care for treatment. Your doctor will examine you to assess symptoms and order a blood test to confirm Mono. Mono can cause swelling of the spleen and your doctor will need to check for that. You will receive a course of actions and possibly medication to treat the symptoms.
- It can take 2 months or longer to feel better, making it important to be proactive about taking care of your body. Follow the doctor’s instructions which will include bed rest, drinking plenty of water, gargling with salt water, and no strenuous physical activity.
- Be responsible with your disease by remembering you are infectious. Avoid close or intimate contact with other people until the infectious period is over.