Mono Symptoms in Adults

Mono Symptoms in Adults

Mono Symptoms in Adults: Infectious mononucleosis (mono), a transmittable sickness, is caused by a herpes virus called Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that attacks the neck and throat’s lymph nodes to begin with. However, different viruses may also be the reason of mono. Mono is also called as glandular fever, Pfeiffer’s disease, Filatov’s disease and sometimes informally as the kissing disease, making you feel tired and weak for weeks or even months. Mono usually ends up on its own, but a lot of rest and self care can be beneficial to feel better. This disease can be passed on by the exchange of saliva that’s why known as the kissing disease. Sports that include profound contact should also be avoided during illness. In mono, the incubation may take 4 to 8 weeks. Mono may also be a cause of hepatitis. Although, mono is not considered a fatal illness, but its symptoms may allow you leave your daily schedule, getting you in a lot of trouble for weeks.

Mono Symptoms in Adults: Though mostly found in teenagers from 15 to 17, mono’s classic symptoms also occur in adults in their early twenties. Some common symptoms that are observed in adults involve:

  • Fatigue is the most common classical symptom of mono as you feel weariness and exhaustion
  • Weakness in mono makes you feel very weak, losing your strength.
  • A sore throat may sometimes develop EBV in your mouth. Development of a strep throat might not get better with antibiotics
  • Fever may last for over a week
  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck and armpits and swollen tonsils, eyelids, spleen along with swelling around the eyes are all symptoms of mono in adults
  • Vomiting
  •  Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • White patches in the throat
  • Loss of chill, as you lose the sensation of cold and shivering
  • Nausea is also a symptom as distress occurs in stomach with food aversion.
  • Upset stomach
  • Enlarged liver
  • Weight loss
  • Drowsiness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Night sweats
  • Mild jaundice (a yellowish tint to skin)
  • Neck stiffness
  • Sensitivity to light is also a symptom
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid and irregular heartbeat
  • Bleeding in the nose also occurs sometimes, uncommon in adults
  • Although, less common, hives are also a symptom

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