Feel Better,
Faster.

Mono: The Kissing Disease

MonoCommonly referred to as “the kissing disease,” mono is the result of a viral infection that’s easily transmitted through saliva. If you are concerned about your child’s risk of developing mononucleosis, here’s what you should know.
What Is Mononucleosis?
Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, is a term that refers to a collection of symptoms caused to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Because it is commonly transmitted through saliva, mono can be contracted through kissing. That said, you can also be exposed to EBV through a sneeze or cough, or by sharing food, utensils or glasses with an infected person.
Who Is at Risk?
Mono can be common in children; however, symptoms are usually either mild or nonexistent. Once people contract an EBV infection, they aren’t likely to get another one, due to immune cells that develop in the body. While adults can contract EBV, mono is more common among adolescents, high school and college students.
What Are the Symptoms?
While many people experience no symptoms in response to an EBV infection, others may develop the following:
• A sore throat
• Fever
• Headache
• Swollen lymph glands in the armpits and neck
• Swollen tonsils
• Night sweats
• Muscle weakness and fatigue
Symptoms can last from one to two months and may not develop until four to six weeks after exposure to the virus. Occasionally, a person may also experience swelling of the liver or spleen. If you notice severe pain in the upper left part of your abdomen, visit your doctor for an evaluation.
How Is Mono Treated?
Since other more serious viruses can mimic mono, doctors may perform tests to rule out other possibilities. These may include an EBV antibody test or a monospot test that looks for key antibodies. If your doctor determines that you do have mono, he or she may provide a corticosteroid medication to ease symptoms. Over-the-counter pain medications can also be used to reduce sore throat pain.

Health News + Events

What to Expect When You Book a Telehealth Virtual Visit

PhysicianOne Urgent Care—a leading immediate care provider that’s been serving patients since 2008—is pleased to offer telemedicine services to patients across Connecticut, M  Read More

Why Choose PhysicianOne Urgent Care for Telehealth?

PhysicianOne Urgent Care is proud to offer a convenient way for individuals in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts to receive top-notch medical care without leaving home: our  Read More

What Can Be Treated With a Telehealth Virtual Visit?

Telehealth is an emerging field that became vitally important during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a super-spreading virus, it became more crucial than ever for doctors and patients  Read More

What Our Patients Are Saying

Rating 4.4
Rating 4.2
Rating 4.6
Rating 5.0

"The overall care I received was excellent! I also appreciate your affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital."

Patient
Derby, CT

"Throughout the visit I felt like the staff really cared. The Doctor took his time talking with me about my symptoms, and I felt like he listened to all my concerns and took that into consideration when recommending the right treatment. Thank you!"

Patient
Hamden, CT

"I had to take my son in for an ear infection following a sudden change in temperament at daycare. He was inconsolable the entire car ride but when we got there and by the time we left this care facility he was back to his normal happy go lucky little two year old boy. I highly recommend PhysicianOne Urgent Care."

Patient
Westwood, MA

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the attention you gave me last week. My son was started on antibiotics and ear drops. Within 24 hours he began to feel better. The poor kid had been going to school in tears because he was afraid of missing any more days, but feeling (and looking) just awful! He's not been able to even think about lacrosse practice, but thanks to starting him on antibiotics, he was thrilled to return to practice today."

Patient
Somers, NY