Mono Testing in Deltona, FL

Mononucleosis (mono) is a highly contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is easily spread from person to person through saliva. In addition to coughing and sneezing, EBV can be transmitted through kissing, which is why mono is sometimes referred to as the kissing disease—and possibly why it is so common among teens and young adults.

At Halifax Health ExpressCare in Deltona, Florida, mono testing involves a simple blood test. After evaluating the symptoms and performing a physical examination, we may suggest the Monospot test, which can detect antibodies produced by the body’s immune system to fight off EBV. We can process the test in our on-site lab and have the results within minutes.

What Are the Symptoms of Mono?

Because EBV has a long incubation period, mono symptoms may not appear until four to six weeks after exposure to the virus. The hallmark sign is overwhelming fatigue, which may be accompanied by:

  • Fever and chills
  • Body aches
  • Severe sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

Mono is usually not a serious illness, and the fever and sore throat may resolve within a week or so. However, the fatigue, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes can linger for several weeks or longer. What’s more, EBV remains dormant in the body long after recovery from mono, and the virus can reactivate—and become contagious again—several months or even years later.

Is Mono Testing Necessary?

Because the symptoms of mono can be similar to those of other infections, such as strep throat, a prompt and accurate diagnosis is the key to effective treatment and full recovery. With an early diagnosis, it is possible to take appropriate steps to prevent transmission of the virus, manage the symptoms, and prevent complications.

If you feel wiped out and have other mono symptoms, or if you think you might have been exposed to mono, come to Halifax Health ExpressCare in Deltona, FL, where you can receive prompt medical attention and mono testing if necessary. If we determine that you have mono, we will likely suggest that you rest comfortably at home, avoid close contact with others, and drink plenty of water while you recover. If needed, you can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease your sore throat pain and other symptoms. Stop by today—we can help you get well and be well.

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