CareXpress Urgent Care Talks About “The Kissing Disease”
February is the month of love and there’s no doubt that a lot of kisses will be exchanged during this month, but just be careful about who you’re locking lips with as it could have you feeling weak in more than just a metaphorical way. Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that is often called the kissing disease. Do you know why? Allow our urgent care to review the facts with you.
Mono is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus which lives in a person’s salivary glands and can be spread through saliva, mucus from the nose and throat, and sometimes tears. This is why activities such as kissing, sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils, and touching someone with unwashed hands can spread this virus.
Our urgent care doctors will tell you that teenagers and young adults are often the victims of this illness, but children can also get it. The symptoms in children are generally quite mild, therefore; the virus may go unnoticed. So how do you know if you have this virus?
Our urgent care doctors report that the most common symptoms of mono are as follows:
- High fever
- Severe sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes (glands)
- Swollen tonsils
These symptoms can start 4 to 6 weeks after you are exposed to the virus. On a more vital note, mono can cause the spleen to swell. If you should feel severe pain in the upper left part of your abdomen then it’s a sign your spleen has burst. This constitutes an emergency situation and you should skip an urgent care visit and go straight to the emergency room.
It is recommended that patients with mono get plenty of rest, use lozenges to soothe their throats, take ibuprofen to reduce fever and soreness, avoid strenuous physical activity to avoid bursting a swollen spleen. Furthermore do not kiss anyone, do not share eating utensils with anyone, and don’t share your toothbrush.
For mono testing feel free to visit CareXpress Urgent Care. Click here for a list of our locations and hours of operation!