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How can I help my teen who has mononucleosis?

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There's no vaccine for mono and no specific medication to treat the infection. But there's plenty your teen can do to feel better. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease achiness and to lower fever. If your teen has a sore throat, encourage them to gargle with salt water or use throat lozenges. They also need to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Infectious Mononucleosis;" Preventing and Treating Cold Sores;" "Pediatrics, Pharyngitis;" and "Tinea Pedis."

CDC: "Epstein-Barr virus and Mononucleosis."

Ebell, M. , October 2004. American Family Physician

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herpes Virus: Cold Sores" and "Strep Throat."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Herpes Simplex" and "Men's Skin Care."

Kaiser Permanente: "Athlete's Foot and Toenail Fungus."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Infectious Mononucleosis;" Preventing and Treating Cold Sores;" "Pediatrics, Pharyngitis;" and "Tinea Pedis."

CDC: "Epstein-Barr virus and Mononucleosis."

Ebell, M. , October 2004. American Family Physician

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Herpes Virus: Cold Sores" and "Strep Throat."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Herpes Simplex" and "Men's Skin Care."

Kaiser Permanente: "Athlete's Foot and Toenail Fungus."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 20, 2018

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