When To Call a Doctor
If you have been diagnosed with
mono, seek care immediately if:
- You have severe pain in the upper left part of
your abdomen. This may mean that your
spleen has ruptured. Rupture of an enlarged spleen
caused by mono is rare. It is most likely to happen because of a blow to the
- Your tonsils
become so swollen that you find it difficult to breathe or swallow.
If you have not been diagnosed with mono and you have a
severe sore throat that has lasted longer than 2 to 3 days after trying home
treatment, call your doctor in 1 to 2 days.
you have not been diagnosed with mono and have tried home treatment for 7 to 10
days, contact your doctor if you have:
- A lack of energy.
- Swollen lymph nodes (sometimes called swollen glands).
Most cases of mono do not require treatment, but
you still need to take care of yourself until the illness goes away. You should
see your doctor to make sure your symptoms are not caused by a treatable
infection, such as
strep throat. If it is certain you have mono:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Gargle with
salt water or use throat lozenges to soothe your throat.
nonprescription pain relievers to reduce fever and relieve a sore throat and
- Avoid contact sports and heavy lifting for 4 weeks after
you become ill with mono (or until a doctor tells you it is okay). Mono can
spleen to enlarge, and these activities can increase
your risk for injuring your spleen.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and treat
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.