Symptom Diagnosis

Symptom Diagnosis

Mononucleosis Symptoms

  • Common early mononucleosis symptoms are extreme fatigue, fever, and a sore throat. The term mononucleosis is often abbreviated to ‘mono’ by the general public.

    Mononucleosis is caused by a severe infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. As many as 95% of adults will have a mild Epstein-Barr virus infection at one time in their lives.

    A severe infection may occur in teenagers and young adults. This infectious mononucleosis can be transmitted person-to-person from close contact.

    Mono symptoms vary widely in severity. Different strains of the virus may be responsible for this variation. Mono infection symptoms are typically detected 30-50 days following exposure and infection.

    Mononucleosis infection symptoms:

    • extreme fatigue
    • fever
    • sore throat (pus in throat may form)
    • swelling of lymph nodes (most commonly in the neck)
    • general feeling of illness
    • jaundice of the eyes
    • skin rash
    • seizures
    • behaviour abnormalities

    Diagnosis is typically through blood testing.

    Treatment is typically bed rest and with pain relievers of the NSAID family. Symptom relief is the key focus.