Chronic mononucleosis

In order to fully understand how chronic mononucleosis occurs, it is important to first know how the mono developed in the first place. Infectious mononucleosis is a disease that is transmitted orally. It is because of this that it is often known as the “kissing disease” by many people. This viral infection is caused through a variant of the Herpes virus, and people are most often exposed to it when they are adolescents. When a young person is experiencing problems with mono then they will most likely have a fever, lethargy, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and some other flu-like symptoms. In order to find out if a person is suffering from mononucleosis, they will have to undergo a test from their physician in order to rule out other potential problems.

However, if you are experiencing chronic mononucleosis, then this means that you are still having problems with mono symptoms more than six months after the condition is originally diagnosed. This is something that is very rare, and does not occur very often at all as most people who are exposed to infectious mononucleosis do not ever show symptoms of the disease, meaning that it is likely dormant in these people. In some people the disease not only shows itself, but it also frequently reoccurs throughout their lifetime.

If you are someone who is worried that you might be experiencing problems with chronic mononucleosis, then the best way to find out if this is the case is through a blood test and a tissue biopsy. This way you can be sure that you are dealing with reoccurring mono instead of another similar problem. Once you and your doctor have established that you are having a problem with chronic mononucleosis, then you will want to make sure that you start working on treating it so that you can effectively get rid of many of the problematic symptoms and problems that often accompany mono.

Treatment for chronic mononucleosis will most likely be limited to treating the symptoms as they appear because the viral infection itself is not going to be able to be gotten rid of. One of the first things that you will need to do if you find that you are suffering from this type of mono is to make sure that during the periods of time when the outbreak is at a high level that you drink plenty of fluids and get a large amount of bed rest. The reason for this is that it can help your body to sustain itself during the onslaught of the infection. Just like with the flu or other illness, your body is trying to fight off the disease naturally, and by resting and drinking a lot of fluids you are encouraging this natural healing process to take place.

If you have complications from your chronic mononucleosis (like a bacterial infection), then your doctor might prescribe antibiotics. This is because a conjoining problem like strep throat can cause even further complications with the mono, so you will want to make sure that you do everything you can to get over it so that your body can fight off the viral infection. However, it is not common for antibiotics to be used if you are just having problems with mono ads they are not very effective against this type of disease and if prescribed too often could cause you to develop immunity to the antibiotic, which could put you at further risk later on. If you experience severe swelling or discomfort because of the chronic mononucleosis then you will most likely find that your doctor will prescribe cortisone steroids to reduce the inflammation.

Last updated on Feb 11th, 2010 and filed under Other Conditions & Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Chronic mononucleosis”

  1. Sharon Garteiz says:

    Hi, I have a 2 year old daughter. She started with mono at 4 months old. She still has fever every 3 weeks more or less. I just want to know if this chronic disease will go away some day or if there is something to help her to get rid of it.

    I am really worried because she has this problem for almost 2 year now.

    Any comment will really help

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