What can I do to manage my mononucleosis (mono)?

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Mononucleosis (mono) is a viral illness that is treated supportively. This means no antibiotics are given, and hospitalization is not usually needed. If your family doctor diagnoses you with mono, he or she will advise plenty of rest and fluids, as well as Tylenol for fever or muscle aches. Children and teenagers are strongly encouraged to stop any contact sports for at least four weeks because of the rare chance of spleen rupture.

The best thing you can do to manage your mononucleosis on a daily basis is rest and drink lots of liquids. Your doctor can give you medications to treat infections that might develop, such as sinus infections and strep. He or she may also give you corticosteroids to treat swollen tonsils or throat. You can also gargle with salt water to soothe your throat. If your spleen is enlarged, you should refrain from rough activities such as sports. You also should ease back into your normal routine to prevent a relapse.

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