Infectious mononucleosis

  • Viral infection that may affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include tiredness, swollen glands, fever and sore throat
  • Commonly spread by contact with contaminated saliva, nasal secretions or contaminated objects
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in adolescents and young adults
  • Can be mild to severe depending on the health status of the individual
  • Rarely life threatening

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Do not kiss anyone or share food, dishes, or utensils for several days after fever has subsided

 

FOR SORE THROAT

  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Use a humidifier
  • Use saltwater, gargle several times a day (½ to 1 teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces/ 1 glass of warm water)
  • Suck on throat lozenges, hard candy, or popsicles
  • Over-the-counter pain medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

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