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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Which test is the best indicator that a person is suffering from mono? What is the best treatment?When can sports activities resume?
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.
Kenneth Skahan, MD
Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati