How common is mononucleosis?
Mononucleosis affects around one in four people at some stage in their lives.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 21 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Infectious mononucleosis, or glandular fever, is a common viral infection affecting mainly adolescents and young adults. It is mainly caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and is spread by saliva, which is why mononucleosis fever is also commonly known as 'the kissing …
Infectious mononucleosis is caused by an infection with the Epstein-Barr virus.
Your doctor will check you and ask you about your symptoms. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may also order blood tests done.
Treatment for mononucleosis consists of rest and maintaining proper hygiene. Unless you are have a weakened immune system, your body will clear the infection on its own and provide you with immunity that will help you to resist future infections.
Most people with mononucleosis recover within a couple of weeks. However, fatigue that is severe enough to restrict your normal functioning can persist for up to six months. If you feel that your fatigue is debilitating, or extending beyond this time, …
Mononucleosis is generally not a serious threat to your health and complications are not common.
Most people will be exposed to Epstein-Barr virus at some point in their lives, many during childhood and adolescence.