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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is infectious mononucleosis?

A viral infection that is transmitted through saliva.

Symptoms of infectious mononucleosis

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Joint pain even when resting

  • Headache

  • Recurrent tonsilIitis / tonsil infections

  • Feeling cold or shivering

Questions your doctor may ask to check for infectious mononucleosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose infectious mononucleosis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Do you have joint pain even when you are at rest?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

Treatment for infectious mononucleosis

This condition resolves by itself, but it may take several months for fatigue to fully disappear. Treatment mainly involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle of sufficient rest and a nutritious diet. Painkillers may help with the sore throat and ulcers.

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