What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

The kissing disease is showing up at a local doctor's office this week.

Physician Asst. Amanda Topper at McLaren Greater Lansing-Holt Family Practice is treating patients with mononucleosis.

Mono is spread through contact with saliva and mucus, like a cough, sneeze, kiss, or by sharing glasses or utensils with someone who has the virus.

Symptoms include: fatigue, malaise, sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, headache, skin rash, or a soft or swollen spleen.

The virus has an incubation period of approximately four to six weeks, although in young kids it may be shorter.

If you think you have mono, you should see your doctor.

Treatment includes bed rest, drinking lots of fluids, gargling with salt water, and taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever.

Anyone who thinks they might have mono should avoid contact sports and heavy lifting. Mono is the most common reason for enlargement of the spleen. Straining it could cause the spleen to burst.

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