What do I need to know about caring for someone with mononucleosis?

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As you care for someone with mononucleosis, be sure they get lots of rest and fluids. They should also take any prescribed medications for secondary infections. You can also have the person gargle with salt water to soothe their throat. If you are caring for a child with an enlarged spleen, keep them from rough activities such as sports for at least a month. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen can help with pain, but do not give aspirin to a child because there is a risk of Reye's syndrome, a potentially fatal condition.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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