Mono symptoms and treatment

Pediatrician James Varga, MD, shares advice for parents on the symptoms of Mono in order to tell if your child or teen has it, and how to best treat Mono
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Mono symptoms and treatment

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Mononucleosis or Mono, is a viral illness. We see it in two clinical situations in our office. First of all, as commonly known, we see it in teenagers and is known as the kissing disease; which is a bit of a misnomer because it is probably not passed by kissing. We also see it in younger children, who may present to the office with a fever that lasts longer than three or four days, and tonsillitis, with a white exudate on their tonsils. In both of those situations, antibiotics are not helpful since this is a viral illness. The treatment is mostly supportive. In most children and teenagers with Mono, the disease will run approximately one to two weeks, rarely longer.

Pediatrician James Varga, MD, shares advice for parents on the symptoms of Mono in order to tell if your child or teen has it, and how to best treat Mono

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James Varga began to practice medicine in 1977 after graduating from Bucknell University and New York Medical College with honors. James completed post doctoral studies in Child Development at UCLA. His wife Olga and he have two great daughters, Jenna and Maya.

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