What is the course of infectious mononucleosis?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Infectious Mononucleosis: When teenagers are exposed to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), about half will get mononucleosis (mono) or 'kissing disease." A few weeks after contact with the virus, monocyctes, a certain type of white blood cell, grow unchecked, filling up in lymph tissue. Teens can be laid up for weeks, sometimes months, before the fatigue lifts and they begin to feel normal again.

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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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