Infectious mononucleosis, or “mono,” is caused by the Epstein–Barr virus and is contagious. Mono is spread from person to person through contact with saliva. It’s nicknamed “the kissing disease” because it can be spread through a quick peck on the lips. It also spreads through coughing, sneezing, or when people share something with spit on it (like a straw, drinking glass, eating utensil, or toothbrush).
Mononucleosis is more common among those 15–24 years old. Mono symptoms include sore throat, headache, fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue. Although there is no cure for this condition, treating the symptoms can help. The Springfield Urgent Care team can help you address mono and other illnesses and find a path to speedier recovery.
We treat patients of all ages, from infants to seniors, and we’re open during extended hours at all of our urgent care locations.