Yes, mono is a highly contagious viral illness. Although teens and young adults most often get sick with mono, anyone can get it.

Our AFC Urgent Care Sevierville team highlights some important info that you need to know about mono below, so keep reading!

What Is Mono?

Mono, or infectious mononucleosis, is a group of symptoms that is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It’s known as the “kissing disease” because it’s spread by the transmission of bodily fluids—most commonly, saliva.

Although mono isn’t typically a cause for huge concern and clears up on its own without treatment, symptoms (which we’ve listed below) can last for up to a month.

Common Mono Symptoms

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Head and body aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits
  • Swollen liver or spleen or both
  • Rash

How Contagious Is Mono?

Mono is a very contagious illness. In fact, by the age of 35, nearly 90% of people have been infected by the viruses that cause mono. Although many who contract the virus will have no symptoms and will only act as transmitters, many others will have symptoms.

While mono is most usually transmitted by kissing and the exchange of saliva and personal belongings, it can also be transmitted through blood transfusions, coughing or sneezing, and sexual contact. Follow the guidelines outlined below to avoid getting mono.

Ways to Prevent Mono

  • Avoid close contact (kissing included) with people who are sick.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle to be better prepared to ward off any virus when exposed.
  • Eat a nutritional diet and get adequate sleep, which is between seven and nine hours each night.
  • Exercise for at least 150 minutes each week, which keeps the body fit and less likely to catch any viral illnesses.

Whether you’re sick with mono or need other non-emergency medical care, our AFC team is here for you seven days a week! Visit us today.