Mononucleosis is commonly known as the kissing disease because the virus that causes the condition can be passed through saliva. Exposure can also happen by sharing food or tableware with infected individuals. While anyone can become infected, this infectious disease is more commonly diagnosed in teenagers and young adults. Mononucleosis treatment through Dr. Daniel Benhuri in Beverly Hills can help ease symptoms for long-term relief.
Symptoms of Mononucleosis
Symptoms of mononucleosis may include fatigue, sore throat, rash, fever, body aches, headache and swollen tonsils or lymph nodes. Rare symptoms may include a swollen liver and enlarged spleen. These symptoms can appear four to six weeks after exposure. Some individuals can experience symptoms for over six months. Contact your primary care doctor if symptoms fail to improve within two weeks.
Causes of Mononucleosis
Mononucleosis is believed to be caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. This virus is a member of the herpes family and can be commonly found throughout the world. Many individuals can get infected by this virus and experience no symptoms.
There are three stages to its development. The first stage, or prodrome stage, is when symptoms begin to appear. The second acute stage is when symptoms worsen and peak. The convalescent last stage is when the individual begins to recover and can last up to six months. The entire incubation period from start to finish for an individual can be approximately 10 months.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Mononucleosis
This infection can be diagnosed through a physical examination by a primary care provider and blood tests. Antibody tests can detect the virus, but these are typically not necessary. There is no available vaccine for prevention purposes. Prevention strategies involve not sharing personal items or kissing infected individuals. Symptoms can be relieved by fluids, rest and over-the-counter pain medications. Antibiotics are not recommended.
Beverly Hills Mononucleosis Treatment
Mononucleosis may create serious health complications if left untreated. Dr. Daniel Benhuri can provide a comprehensive treatment plan customized for your unique healthcare needs. Dr. Benhuri offers same day appointments as well as in-person and virtual consultations. Urgent care needs can be met with extended evening and weekend hours. Schedule an appointment today.