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Mononucleosis (Mono)

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Treatment Overview

Usually no treatment for mono is needed other than self-care at home.

Most people recover from mono after several weeks. But for some, it may take several months before they regain their normal energy levels. This extended period of fatigue is not the same as having chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Understanding Mononucleosis -- Symptoms

The early symptoms of mononucleosis resemble those of the flu, including: Severe fatigue Headache Sore throat, which sometimes can be very severe Chills, followed by a fever Muscle aches After a day or two, these additional symptoms of mono may occur: Swollen lymph nodes. Jaundice (a yellow tinge to the skin and eyes). A measles-like skin rash anywhere on the face or body; sometimes the rash develops suddenly after taking amoxicillin for a severe sore throat...

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In severe cases, corticosteroids may be used to reduce swelling of the throat, tonsils, or spleen. This type of steroid use may also decrease the overall length and severity of illness from infectious mono.

For more information, see Home Treatment.

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Last Updated: October 30, 2013
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