|JUST STOP MAKING OUT AND SHARING DRINKS!!!!
||[Aug. 20th, 2005|12:57 am]
alright for those of people with mono|
Mono is contagious, which means you can easily spread the virus to other people who haven't had mono before. Even though you can get mono from kissing someone infected with EBV, there are also other ways you can get it, but they all involve contact with saliva. Coughing (while not covering your mouth) on someone or sharing pillows, straws, toothbrushes, or food from the same plate also spread mono.
If you get mono, you can infect other people for up to 6 months afterward. At first, people usually don't feel sick after getting infected with the EBV virus. So someone could have mono - and be spreading it - and not even know it. That's why it's important not to share things like forks, straws, or lip gloss at school.
Mono almost always causes you to feel really, really tired, but you may have other symptoms, too. These include:
* sore throat
* swollen lymph glands (the infection-fighting glands in your neck, underarms, groin, and elsewhere throughout your body)
* sore muscles
* enlarged liver or spleen (an organ located on the left side of your belly, right under your ribs, that filters blood and helps fight infections)
Sometimes, it may seem like you have the flu or maybe strep throat because the symptoms are so much alike. The only way to tell for sure if you have mono is to go to a doctor, who will examine you and draw blood for tests (one test is called the Monospot) to see if you have mono