Mononucleosis

I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing - Jonathan Swift

Mononucleosis

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Can you have mono more than once?

Mononucleosis, known as the “kissing disease” in my youth, is a viral disease that has engendered many a myth. The idea that you can have the nonspecific group of symptoms we call “mono” only once is just one of them.

Unless specified by the virus that causes it, the term mononucleosis is a general name for a suite of symptoms of viral illness. These symptoms include swollen glands, fever, sore throat, and fatigue. The spleen will swell along with the lymph nodes, and even after the acute fever and sore throat depart, the fatigue and a feeling of unwellness may last several weeks.

The virus that is most associated with mono is the Epstein-Barr virus, or EBV. EBV often infects…

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