Mononucleosis or mono is a viral illness caused by a virus known as the Epstein-Barr virus. In general, symptoms will be more severe in adulthood and adolescence. Some of the most common symptoms include fatigue, sore throat, and swollen glands, this could be a sign of mono. These symptoms can also be associated with cold and flu; however, if symptoms become severe and the fatigue doesn’t seem to stop getting tested for mononucleosis will be helpful in managing your treatment.
What Will the Test Look at?
First, when diagnosing mono, the healthcare provider will want to do a thorough examination of your throat in order to rule out other conditions such as strep throat. To be sure that what you’re experiencing is mono, our provider will order a blood test to look for any abnormalities in your white blood cells. If you do in fact have mono, it will be important for you to follow the treatment plan designed for you by our healthcare providers since there are some more dangerous complications that can occur such as an enlarged spleen.
Recovery from Mono
A best-case scenario is that you’ll start feeling better with two weeks. However, it is important to note the symptoms of fatigue can take even longer to subside; approximately three to four weeks. Since this is a viral condition, there is no treatment other than rest. Resting your body will give you and your immune system the strength it needs to fight off the virus.
If you think you may be suffering from Mononucleosis, contact Springfield Urgent Care today to learn more about how we can quickly test and treat a variety of common illnesses.