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Fever and sore throat? – Infectious Mononucleosis Symptoms Checker

 

Infectious mononucleosis or Mono is a disease because of a viral infection. It can cause unsettling complications in the long run or even death in a minority of cases.

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is, as its name well says, a virus and the source of infectious mononucleosis. This disease comprises three main manifestations, such as fever, adenopathy, and pharyngitis.

Allow me to break this a little. Fever is an elevation of the body temperature above 101.3 °F. Pharyngitis is the term doctors use for referring to the swelling of the throat, which patients manifest as sore throat. And lastly, adenopathy is a swelling of the lymph nodes.

These nodes are throughout the whole body and are the main center where the immune system prepares to attack foreign invaders, like bacteria and viruses, among other microorganisms. So, it makes perfect sense that they swell while battling the recent EBV infection.

People acquire EBV through close contact with other people, mainly within secretions from the mouth and throat. For example, if you kiss another person or drink from the same water glass, the saliva will pass the virus.

When this virus enters the body, it infects special cells called “B cells” in the blood. They circulate through the bloodstream of the whole body. Therefore, it is easy for the virus to reach out to all the organs like the liver or the lymph nodes.

Most people in the United States get this infection early in life. Practically, half of the people by the age of five years have acquired the infection. However, it still greatly affects young adults.

After clearing the infection, there is a possibility of remaining with prolonged fatigue. On the other hand, although rare, this infection could prompt life-threatening complications, acute as a splenic rupture or chronic and in the long-term as cancer.

This tool is an Infectious Mononucleosis Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this disease.

Keep in mind that most of the patients with infectious mononucleosis with not develop any symptoms. Accordingly, the only possibility for those patients to know if they have had the infection is through blood exams.

Nevertheless, besides the three main manifestations of this disease (fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes), several other possible symptoms guide doctors towards this infection. And that is what this tool is all about.

The tool aims to identify through questions the most important symptoms and risk factors for developing this disease. Hence, it would tell anybody whose it the likelihood of their symptoms being because of this infection.

This tool does not replace the necessary blood and overall exams doctors perform to diagnose this disease definitely. Despite this, the tool represents an estimate for whoever uses it. And it is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Do you have between fifteen and twenty-four years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you been in close contact with somebody with a sore throat in the last one to two months? (Close contact includes hugging, kissing, sharing personal stuff like a toothbrush)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have sore throat?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a reddish skin rash in the upper part of your mouth?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel fatigued all the time?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have malaise?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel a swollen bump in your skin in the back of your head, neck, or ears? (The swollen bump is a lymph node, and it usually measures about an inch or less)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel a swollen bump in your skin in the armpit surroundings? (The swollen bump is a lymph node, and it usually measures about an inch or less)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have nausea?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have less appetite than before?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a dry cough? (without mucus)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does watching bright lights bother your eyes?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have had a skin rash (like in the photo below) with bumps and spots with a reddish color in your body? (Please, only answer yes if it does not itch. If it itches, then answer no)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than one week with these symptoms?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have swollen tonsils? They may look red and enlarged with their size getting as bigger as they appear to touch each other in the middle of the throat (the ones in the photo below are normal tonsil)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than two weeks and less than three months feeling fatigued after experiencing a fever and/or sore throat?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than three months feeling fatigued after experiencing a fever and/or sore throat?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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