Home Remedies for Mononucleosis

What is Mononucleosis

Mono disease is a contagious viral infection usually transmitted through contact with virus infected saliva. Infectious mononucleosis is also called the kissing disease, mononucleosis, pfeiffers disease, mono or glandular fever. Mono nucleosis is more likely to occur among children, teens and young adults. Mononucleosus affects the liver, lymphatic circulation and respiratory system. Signs and symptoms of mono last for  a couple of weeks.

Mononucleosis Diagnosis
Mono testing involves physical examination, taking medical history and doing blood tests. The immune system makes antibodies to fight infection. Diagnostic tests are blood tests done to detect the antibodies released with EBV virus infection.

  • A monospot test or heterophil test which detects two antibodies after 2-9 weeks of the ebv virus infection. This test is not used for diagnosis if mono infection has lasted for more than 6 months.
  • EBV antibody test involves numerous tests done to find out how recent or old your infection has lasted.

Causes of Mononucleosis

Epstein barr virus (EBV virus) infection causes mono disease. It is contracted or spread through direct contact of saliva infected with the EBV virus. Besids saliva, the kissing disease can also be passed through exposure to a cough, sneeze or through sharing food utensils (such as drinking glasses, spoons and forks) with someone who has mono. Sexual intercourse may also be a factor to get and spread the infection.

Symptoms of Mononucleosis


Signs of mononucleosis are similar to flu like symptoms. Epstein barr virus symptoms commonly seen are fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, rash, sore throat, swollen lymph glands and/or tonsils. Other mono signs can be headache, enlarged liver, enlarged spleen causing pain in left side of abdomen, fast irregular heartbeat, joint pain, sore muscles.

Mononucleosis Treatment

Boost immunity with a healthy diet, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and take plenty of rest for early recovery from mono illness. Children and adults with mono should not do vigorous activity or sport.

Mononucleosis Home Remedies

These natural cures can help relieve symptoms of mono. Salt water gargles help to treat sore throat symptoms. You could also gargle with slippery elm bark and licorice. Herbs such as elder flower and yarrow help to reduce fever with their curative properties.

Aromatherapy Treatment for Mononucleosis: A warm bath using essential oils; bergamot, lavender and eucalyptus oils can help to get rid of fatigue.

Nutritional supplements or multivitamins containing Vitamin A, B, C, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium are beneficial to boost the immune system.

Since mononucleosis affects the liver and spleen, herbal treatment to cleanse the lymphatic system can be beneficial. Herbs like wild indigo and cleaver plant extracts are known to detoxify lymphatic system.

Mononucleosis Health Care Tips
Do not share forks, spoons, glass, eating utensils, towels, napkins, toothbrushes to avoid getting infected or passing on the infection.

It is a good idea to wash hands thoroughly everyday. Avoid direct contact with people infected with the illness. Mental relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation are helpful to destress.

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