Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Mono Treatment

There is no cure for mononucleosis. Treatment for mononucleosis usually includes rest, oral fluids, sore throat sprays and lozenges, warm saltwater gargles, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever. Those who have severe throat swelling may require treatment with corticosteroids.

Treatment options for those with mononucleosis include:

Mono Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for mononucleosis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Mono Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat mononucleosis:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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