Common Signs of Common School Ailments
Caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), mono is an infection that most often occurs in older children and adolescents.
- A sore throat
- Fever -- a temperature as high as 103ºF (39.5ºC) is not uncommon
- Swollen glands or lymph nodes, especially in the neck, but also in the armpit and groin
- Lethargy (exhaustion)
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
It is sometimes called the "kissing disease," as it is usually spread through saliva and mucus. Mono can also be spread by sharing the same glass as an infected person, or even being in close proximity when a person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms of this illness usually develop suddenly and may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal (stomach) cramping
- Mild fever
- Muscle aches
It is a contagious infection, and symptoms typically last for one to two days. Treatment usually involves rest and keeping your child hydrated with plenty of fluids.