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Infectious Diseases

Mononucleousis

03/14/1999

Question:

Which test is the best indicator that a person is suffering from mono? What is the best treatment?When can sports activities resume?

Answer:

Infectious mononucleosis is a common illness caused by Ebstein-Barr Virus (EBV). The best test to confirm the diagnosis is a positive mono-spot test (done on a blood sample) in a person with clinical symptoms of mono -- persisting fatigue, low grade fever, swollen lymph nodes, and sore throat.

There is no specific treatment for EBV or mono -- just rest and time (usually weeks) until a person feels better.

A person may resume playing sports and other strenuous activity when they are feeling strong enough to do so. This, of course, varies from person to person.

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Response by:

Kenneth   Skahan, MD Kenneth Skahan, MD
Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati