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Mono Myths and Facts

When it comes to the so-called "kissing disease," it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Get the right information right here from a medical professional. Mononucleosis—or mono for short—is often referred to as the kissing disease and frequently affects college students. Other names include the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). But no matter what you call it, it can make you feel really ill. Liesa Harte, MD, the founder and medical director of Elite Care in Austin, Texas, provides the following mono facts and myths about this disease.

Mononucleosis: Learn the Basics

This common virus can last for weeks, or even months, and may leave you feeling exhausted. Learn how to deal with the symptoms. Mono affects an estimated 45 out of every 100,000 people. While it is rarely serious, symptoms can persist for up to two months, and can be debilitating. What Causes Mono? Mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, or less frequently, by cytomegalovirus.

Could Your Child Have Mono?

If your child has a sore throat and an achy head, and appears excessively tired, it's time to make an appointment with your pediatrician. Mononucleosis, a.k.a., the kissing disease, is more prevalent in children and teenagers. But kissing isn't the only cause of this infection, and its flu-like symptoms may delay a diagnosis. There is no cure for mononucleosis, and self-treatment is usually the only way to manage most cases.

Taking Your Child to the Hospital?

Care for your child with confidence with these 10 tips. Taking your child to the hospital for treatment can be a confusing and emotionally taxing experience. And as a parent, you're required to serve a dual role, as both loving family member and patient advocate. "Parents are an integral part of their child's health-care team, even in the hospital," says Karen Bergan, parent leader and chairwoman of the Family Advisory Council at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

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