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Mononucleosis (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

The treatment for mononucleosis can generally be accomplished at home with plenty of rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications.

  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) for fever and pain control.
  • Throat lozenges or gargling with warm saltwater may soothe a sore throat.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Rest in bed and limit activity according to the degree of the illness.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and contact sports until the doctor allows resumption of activities. The spleen may be enlarged, and vigorous activity may cause it to rupture. Most doctors believe that a person with mononucleosis should postpone strenuous activities for at least one month after the onset of symptoms or until the spleen has returned to its normal size.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2015

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