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I think I might have mononucleosis.

Mononucleosis ("mono")is a viral infection and can present in many ways. Classic symptoms of mono include: fever, severe sore throat, enlarged tonsils, painful swollen glands in front and back of the neck, persistent fatigue, loss of appetite and mild abdominal pain.  Usually, symptoms must be present for about one week before the blood test for mono becomes positive.

Since mono is a viral infection and spread through saliva, the recommendation to prevent catching it are the same for most viral infections.  These are:

  • good handwashing
  • not sharing utensils or foods with friends 
  • not sharing cigarettes
  • keeping your immune system healthy with enough sleep, exercise and a healthy diet

Call Student Health Services for an evaluation if you are sick and concerned that you may have mono.