Mononucleosis: The Kissing Disease

Mononucleosis, also known as “the kissing disease,” is well known. Many of us have contracted mono when we were an adolescent or young adult. However, while most people are aware of what mono is, they don’t necessarily know all of the details of the disease.

What is mono?Mononucleosis: The Kissing Disease

Mono is an infectious disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). While mono can be contracted from kissing (hence the name, “the kissing disease”), the virus is spread through saliva, so it can also be contracted by coughing or sneezing. Mono is usually found in children and young adults, and roughly 25% will contract mono according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What are the symptoms of mono?

For very young children, symptoms may not be apparent at all. Most, however, do deal with at least some symptoms. Many individuals, for instance, may suffer from fatigue or fever such as in the illustration above. They may also deal with many other symptoms, including:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Skin rash
  • Swollen spleen
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swollen tonsils

Can you prevent it?

Mono isn’t as contagious as, say, the common cold, but it still can be difficult to prevent it since there is currently no vaccine available. Nevertheless, you can take steps to limit your chances, namely by not kissing or sharing drinks, food, or other personal items with someone who has contracted the disease.

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