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The kissing disease? Facts about mono.

Mononucleosis is common among young adults ages 15-25 and is most commonly assumed to be contracted through kissing. While the theory is not far off, mono isn’t just spread by kissing. Mono is derived from the Epstein-Barr virus which is transported most often through saliva.

Symptoms:

Fever

Sore throat

Tender/swollen glands

Fatigue 

Can it be cured?

At this point, mono can be treated, not cured.

How to recover:

Unfortunately, there are not many medicinal measures to speed up the recovery process (but you should still consult your doctor if you think you have mono). If you’re diagnosed with mono, be sure you do the following:

  • Drink water… a lot of water
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Get at least 10 hours of sleep per night
  • Avoid strenuous activity

Decrease your risk for mono:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet
  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Avoid sharing drinks with friends

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