Originally Posted by halfpint
My Dear sweet Grandson was here yesterday and he thinks he's got Mono
Ouch! I'm sending good vibes his way!
Has he been to the doctor? Other things can cause the same symptoms, so he should be properly diagnosed.
Mono is usually caused by the Epstein Barr Virus, but there are other viruses that can mimic the same symptoms. If it is in fact mono, there is no cure for it because it is a virus so it has to just run it's course; usually 3 or 4 weeks, sometimes longer.
The best treatment is to get plenty of rest, especially during the beginning stages of the illness when the symptoms are the worst. Stay in bed and pass on school, work, and everything else except sleep.
For the fever and aching muscles, try taking acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin). Do not take aspirin unless the doctor specifically orders it: Aspirin has been linked to a serious disease in kids and teens called Reye syndrome, which can lead to liver failure and death.
For a sore throat, chew gum, drink tea with honey, or suck on hard candy or popcicles. Make sure to eat and drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Doctors also recommend avoiding sports for at least a month after the illness because the spleen is usually enlarged temporarily. An enlarged spleen can rupture easily, causing bleeding, fever, and abdominal pain and requiring emergency surgery. Do not participate in contact sports, cheerleading, or even wrestling until cleared by the doctor.