I had mono when I was 16. I'm now 25. Is it possible for me to get mono again?
While it is possible, someone who has been infected with mononucleosis (which is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus) usually won't get the symptoms of mono again from this virus.
However, the symptoms of mono — which include tiredness, fever, sore throat, and loss of appetite — are common to many other medical conditions. So chances are, if you've been diagnosed with mono before and are now experiencing some of these symptoms, you have another infection or other medical condition. To be sure, see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: February 2013
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC (the national public health institute of the United States) promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.|
|Mononucleosis Mononucleosis - or "mono" - is an infection that produces flu-like symptoms, and usually goes away on its own in a few weeks with the help of plenty of fluids and rest.|
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|How Long Is Mono Contagious? Once someone gets mono, the virus stays in that person's body for life. This doesn't mean that if you've had mono you are always contagious, but it does mean the virus may surface from time to time and possibly infect someone else. Here are the facts on how mono works.|
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|Mononucleosis It's sometimes called "the kissing disease," but kissing is just one of the ways that someone can catch mono.|
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