But what is mononucleosis, anyway? And how can you keep yourself from getting it? Here are all the facts you need to know about mono:
* The Epstein-Barr virus causes mononucleosis, and it’s transmitted through saliva.
* You can get mono through kissing or sharing cups or silverware with someone who has the virus. You can also get it if someone with mono coughs or sneezes near you–and some of their saliva reaches you. ICK!
* You’re most likely to get mononucleosis as a teen or young adult.
* The totally sucky symptoms include: feeling crazy tired and weak, having a sore throat, a fever, swollen glands in your armpits and neck, a headache, and more.
* There’s no medication that can make mononucleosis go away faster. All you can do is rest and drink tons of fluids to flush out that nasty virus.
* In super rare cases, having mono could make your spleen burst open (youch!). If you know you’ve got the virus, and you feel a sharp pain all of a sudden on the left side of your rib cage, call your doctor immediately.
* The good news is that once you’ve had mononucleosis, you can’t get it again.
To learn more about mononucleosis, click here.
Have you ever had mono? Do you know anybody who’s had it? Tell me about it in the comments!