Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called the kissing disease. The virus that causes mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono.
complication that is well described in young adults with infectious mononucleosis. Physicians should routinely counsel their patients with infectious mononucleosis to be aware of potentially life-threatening airway obstruction in addition to splenic rupture and meningitis. It’s possible to have mono and not even know it, Varshavski says. This is especially true in mild cases where symptoms don’t show up, despite the fact you are infected with the illness.
The rare severe complications include destruction of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia) and inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart (pericarditis), the heart muscle itself (myocarditis), and the brain (encephalitis). Mono tends to be more aggressive in patients with abnormal immune systems, such as people with AIDS or those who are taking medications that suppress immune function. Dr. Charles “Pat” Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
He first began developing symptoms four days after diagnosis, which included fevers, nightsweats, diffuse body aches, and a sore throat. These continued to worsen in the following two days, so the patient sought attention at the urgent care clinic. Workup at this time for superimposed streptococcus infection was negative.
You need to see a doctor to rule out other illnesses, such as strep throat. His passion is to identify and empower people to overcome sleep-related breathing problems, which most people donâ€™t realize is the real reason for many of their common medical ailments. Outstanding. I spent seven years troubleshooting my chronic fatigue as if it were solely a swelling and airway obstruction issue, eventually to find out I had a verifiable chronic infection of Cytomegalovirus (analogous to EBV/mono infection). The funny thing is, although I believe this virus is the root cause of my fatigue, I believe it is so indirectly via inflammation of my airways.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can lead to chronic sore throat because of stomach acid reflux irritating the throat. Itâ€™s been suggested that there are many different reasons for chronic fatigue syndrome, but upper airway narrowing due to to anatomic reasons and swelling is one logical explanation that encompasses all other explanations.
In this case, you might go about your day without realizing you have disease – unless you happen to get a blood test, such as during a routine exam. While we’re listing crappy symptoms, let’s go ahead and add muscle soreness to the list, too. According to Sayre, stiffness is one of the more common symptoms of the virus. Besides being annoying to deal with, it should also tip you off that it’s time to hit up the doctor. Although the symptoms of mononucleosis are uncomfortable, the infection resolves on its own without long-term effects.
If a doctor confirms you have the virus, the best way to treat it is with naps, naps, and more naps. It is a very serious disorder of the back of the throat near the windpipe.
The most common cause of epiglottitis is an infection by the bacteria, H influenza. The condition may present all of a sudden with high fever, severe sore throat, difficult and painful swallowing, drooling saliva, hoarse voice, difficulty breathing and malaise. The condition is life-threatening and needs immediate hospitalization. Epiglottitis is treated with antibiotics.
Mononucleosis (mono, “the kissing disease”), a viral infection that tends to cause a persistent sore throat. While acid reflux may be the direct result of something you’ve had to eat or drink, it may also be a persistent condition referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). When stomach acid often gets up to the throat, this is called laryngopharyngeal reflux.
Splenomegaly does not have any specific symptoms. Vague abdominal pain and bloating are the most common, but still nonspecific, symptoms of an enlarged spleen. Some individuals with a very enlarged spleen may complain of early satiety (anorexia) and gastric reflux symptoms because of the stomach displacement and pressure on the stomach as a result of the enlarged spleen. It is estimated that more than 75 percent of patients with asthma also experience gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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In extreme cases, your spleen may rupture, causing sharp, sudden pain in the left side of your upper abdomen. If such pain occurs, seek medical attention immediately – you may need surgery.
If you have any of the symptoms of an H. pylori infection, consult your doctor. They can perform a non-invasive test to rule out other possible causes. A gastroscopy (a small camera inserted down your oesophagus) can also check for any signs or symptoms of stomach cancer at the same time. Cancers that originate from the cardia are usually associated with obesity and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), while those in the antrum and pylorus are usually linked to the helicobacter pylori infection, smoking, a high intake of salty and smoked foods, and a family history of stomach cancer.