What is Mono?

by mono on July 23, 2012

Mono Disease



Mononucleosis or mono is often called “the kissing disease.” Primarily it is thought to be a disease affecting teenagers. Many teens in high school and early in college contract mono and it’s become known as a common part of growing up.

Mono is *not* just a disease that affects teenagers. Infants, and young children are as just likely to contract mono as teenagers and contrary to popular belief adults are not immune to the disease. Numerous factors go into what decides whether you contract mono. Normally these are exposure, immune function and genetics.

Mono is passed through saliva. With that being said this is one of the most popular ways to contract the disease. However, you can also catch it by a water fountain, sharing a drink and any other way in which saliva can be passed. You can catch mono in all sorts of scenarios, even shaking someones hand could allow your body to be infected.

Once you understand more about mono there are some things to remember.

In a young child, mono can manifest itself as any other childhood virus. A lot of times it is overlooked in younger children. Luckily when a young child contracts it sometimes it is not as bad as when a teenager does.

The older we get the worse the effects become. By the time we reach our teenage years the virus can be pretty debilitating. The fatigue is heavy, the risks to the spleen and other infections is heightened. Mono causes the spleen to enlarge and thus halts a teenagers ability to be super active during this time.

Adults can develop mono and the results are certainly heightened and can even be fatal. The fatigue is elongated the potential organ damage can be catastrophic. The spleen and liver are more vulnerable.

The virus that causes mono does stay in your body for the rest of your life. Over time you are no longer contagious but it is not immediately after you feel better.

Before continuing on any medication or remedy always be sure to consult your healthcare provider to ensure you are safe. Also, it is good to know when you can return to your everyday activities and you are no longer contagious. Mono is a horrible thing but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

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How Long Does Mono Last?

by mono on July 23, 2012

The (EBV) or the Epstein Barr virus that causes mononucleosis (mono) grows in the body unnoticed for anywhere between 30-60 days after initial contact before any symptoms are noticed or seen. The actual symptoms of mono usually last anywhere from 1-4 weeks but have been known to last up until 6-8 weeks. Initial symptoms typically include sore throat, fatigue, headache, swollen glands and loss of appetite. Other symptoms can develop or be present that are less common such as severe dehydration, sensitivity to light, rapid heart beat and other infection.

A recent university study showed that 2 in 10 students returned to class within a week of acute signs of mono and about half returned within 2 weeks.

While other studies have concluded that more than half of all mono patients will still show symptoms up to 2 months after infection. One third will show symptoms up until 3 months and around 10% will still have symptoms at 10 months.

Normally, people only contract mononucleosis once. However, a small amount of people around 5% relapse for months or sometimes years after the initial infection. Chronic symptoms can last from 6 months to the rest of your life. The most popular symptom is fatigue and a recurring throat problem. Other symptoms such as fever and body aches may appear.

Typically when mono does last for extended periods of time it is largely due to other conditions. If this is the case then it is imperative to be checked for other issues that can contribute to a low immune system. Tests should be done to look for Lyme’s disease, mycoplasma and other diseases that contribute to weaken immune. Other conditions such as thyroid disease and low adrenals should be checked.

How long mono last largely depends on you. If you eat healthy, get rest and take care of your body you shouldn’t have any extended problems. if you don’t rest and ignore the warnings of your health care professional you will prolong your symptoms. Remember to rest, stay hydrated and eat healthy. Fuel your body with vitamins and minerals to ensure your immune system is capable of combating mono.  Take care of yourself to ensure a full recovery.

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5 Natural Ways To Treat Mono

by mono on July 23, 2012

Natural Ways To Treat Mono


Mononucleosis is a viral infection causing high fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. Usually those that get Mono are teenagers but anyone can acquire the virus. Mono is typically tied to the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Mono can have a lasting impression sometimes up to several months but usually the symptoms are worse for the first few weeks then substantially subside. You don’t have to suffer the whole time though, there are remedies and treatments that will help alleviate the discomforts of Mono.

Common symptoms of Mono include high fever, rash, loss of appetite, muscle discomfort, swollen and sore throat and fatigue. Other more severe symptoms can occur such as chest pain, nosebleeds, sensitivity to light and an alleviated heart beat. Not the most best symptoms to have as a young teenager.

Mono is usually just uncomfortable and never life threatening – but Mono can turn into something serious if not taken care of. For those that want alternative methods other than antibiotics listed below are some treatments.

 

  1. Water and Fluids- Your body needs fluids and to stay hydrated. Water, Gatorade and other drinks that will replenish nutrients lost are all imperative to feeling better and helping your immune system function properly.  Always stay hydrated.
  2. Gargle with Salt - Warm water and a tablespoon of salt gargled 3-5 times a day can reduce a swollen throat and the pain and discomfort involved with enlarged tonsils. Also, this remedy helps to draw bacteria from the throat allowing you to heal faster and in less pain.
  3. Rest, rest rest! - Many people try to go about their day to day activities while sick. While this is normally OK, Mono is not the common cold. Your body needs rest to heal itself. Allow your body the proper rest it needs and you’ll be out and about in no time.Your body can heal itself from this disease it just needs you to help it by providing the rest that it needs
  4. Vitamins – Vitamins can be a tremendous help while you’re sick. You have mononucleosis, this is a virus, your immune system is highly active and using a lot of nutrients. Fuel your immune system properly and make sure you have high intakes of Vitamin C, A, E, selenium, zinc and any other Vitamins your health care provider can recommend.
  5. Herbs - There are many Herbs that can help you tremendously while you have Mono. Echinacea has become more and more popular over the last couple of years to help strengthen the immune system. Some other helpful Herbs include lots of garlic, onions, parsley and teas.
You can look into an immune booster such as Monobril which is extremely helpful while trying to treat mono naturally. Use it in conjunction with the methods mentioned above.

You may also want to look into a bland food diet if you have symptoms of sore throat and diarrhea. The BRAT Diet is a very good diet to utilize as it till help with getting foods into your stomach and they are very easy on the stomach.

Just because you have contracted Mono your life is not over. You may feel like you want to die but it will run its course. try remedies that work for you and make sure you do consult your health care provider before starting on anything.

Natural remedies are always better than prescriptions when it comes to more common known diseases. Allow your body to heal itself by fueling it with natural pure substances.

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Mono Symptoms

July 23, 2012

Mono symptoms can range from being mild to the extent where they aren’t recognized or go unnoticed, to being so severe that you can’t get out of bed and wish you were dead. In the beginning, the acute stage of infection, symptoms of mono usually tend to begin with a severe sore throat, swollen glands, reduced [...]

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