What is mononucleosis?

Mononucleosis (mono) is a contagious viral infection.  It is spread through oral secretions, which is why it is sometimes called "The Kissing Disease," but it can be passed in other ways as well, such as sharing food and drink or coughing.


  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen glands
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Having mono does not mean that you will have all of these symptoms.  Some symptoms may be absent even if you have mono.


Since mono is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not useful in treating mono.  Instead, increased rest, plenty of fluids, and ibuprofen are the traditional ways of treating mono.  Avoid aspirin and excessive amounts of Tylenol. 

*You may be prohibited from playing contact sports for 30 days of more due to enlargement of the spleen.

Do NOT drink alcohol while you are infected with mono.  It may compromise your liver function or seriously damage your liver.  If you have mono and consume alcohol, speak to your physician about it.

If you have any questions or concerns, call the Health Center during our regular business hours at 814-641-3410.