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Things To Know About Mono (Kissing Disease)

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

What is infectious mononucleosis?

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono or the "kissing disease," is an infection caused by Ebstein-Barr virus.

How did I get mono?

The virus can spread from person to person through contact with saliva. Thus, a person can be exposed to the virus by kissing, sharing eating utensils, or drinking from the same glass as a person who has mono. 

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever (temperature greater than 100.4ºF)
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph glands in the neck

Is mono ever dangerous?

The spleen is an organ in the left upper abdomen, just under the diaphragm. It becomes enlarged in about half of people with mono. If the spleen becomes enlarged, it is recommended avoiding contact sports or heavy lifting for a few weeks. This advice is given to avoid the rare complication of splenic rupture that can occur after trauma, but can also happen spontaneously.

How is mono diagnosed?

Mono may be suspected based upon a person's symptoms and physical examination. Blood tests are done to confirm the diagnosis. We also offer the in-house mono test at our clinics.

How is mono treated?
The goal of mono treatment is to ease the symptoms while the immune system contains the virus. Antibiotics are not helpful because mono is caused by a virus, and there are no antiviral medications that are known to effectively treat or cure Epstein-Barr virus. Symptomatic treatment is advised.

Walk-in to any of our clinics. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


Back Pain? Watch out for these 8 Red-Flags

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

About 80% of people have at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime. Factors that increase the risk of developing low back pain include smoking, obesity, older age, physically strenuous work, sedentary work, a stressful job, job dissatisfaction and psychological factors such as anxiety or depression.

A common feature of low back pain is radiculopathy, which occurs when a nerve root is irritated by protruding disc or arthritis of the spine. Sciatica refers to the most common symptom of radiculopathy. It causes a sharp or burning pain that extends down the back or side of the thigh, usually to the foot or ankle. It is associated with tingling and numbness. Occasionally, sciatica may be associated with muscle weakness in the leg or the foot.

Red flag symptoms - you must seek immediate help:

  1. If you are 70 years or older with new back pain.
  2. Pain that does not go away, even at night or when lying down.
  3. Weakness in one or both legs or problems with bowel, bladder, or sexual function.
  4. If you have back pain accompanied by unexplained fever or weight loss.
  5. If you have a history of cancer, a weakened immune system, osteoporosis, or have used corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) for a prolonged period of time.
  6. If the back pain is a result of falling or an accident, especially if you are older than 50 years.
  7. If pain spreads into the lower leg, particularly if accompanied by weakness of the leg.
  8. If back pain does not improve within 4 weeks.

If you experience any of these symptoms, stop by any of our clinics. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. We are open on weekends as well. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


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