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Treatment for Tonsillitis or Trouble Breathing

For treating mono, some physicians prescribe a 5-day course of steroids, to control the swelling of the throat and tonsils. The use of steroids has also been reported to decrease the overall length and severity of the illness, but these reports have not been published.
 
If a person who has mono starts having breathing problems, contact a doctor immediately.
 

Treating Spleen Enlargement

Some people with mono become overly sensitive to light, and about half of people with mono develop enlargement of the spleen, usually two to three weeks after they first become sick. Mild enlargement of the liver may also occur.
 
Whether or not the spleen is enlarged, people who have mono should not lift heavy objects or exercise vigorously -- including participating in contact sports -- for two months after they get sick, because these activities increase the risk of rupturing the spleen, which can be life threatening. If you have mono and get a severe, sharp, sudden pain on the left side of your upper abdomen, go to an emergency room or call 911 immediately.
 

Treatment for Fatigue

Bed rest is the most important part of treating mono. It's also important to drink plenty of fluids. Mono is not usually a reason to quarantine students. Many people are already immune to the viruses that cause mono; however, if you have mono, you'll want to stay in bed and out of classes for several days, until the fever goes down and other symptoms subside. Even when you've started to get better, you can expect to have to limit your activities for several weeks. It can take two to three months or more until you feel your old self again.
 
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