Mononucleosis (Mono) (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
After you have been infected with EBV, the virus may stay in your body for the rest of your life. But you will not get mono again.
EBV is not spread through the air. You can live with a person who has mono and never become infected with the virus.
Most people have been infected with EBV before, so they usually don't get mono when they are exposed to a person who has it.
When To Call a Doctor
If you have been diagnosed with mono, seek care immediately if:
If you have not been diagnosed with mono and you have a severe sore throat that has lasted longer than 2 to 3 days after trying home treatment, call your doctor in 1 to 2 days.
If you have not been diagnosed with mono and have tried home treatment for 7 to 10 days, contact your doctor if you have:
Most cases of mono do not require treatment, but you still need to take care of yourself until the illness goes away. You should see your doctor to make sure your symptoms are not caused by a treatable infection, such as strep throat. If it is certain you have mono:
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and treat mono:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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