Mono rash is a common symptoms experienced when affected with mononucleosis, also commonly known as kissing disease. The virus that leads to mononucleosis is often transferred to saliva, usually as seen during kissing; hence the condition is called as the kissing disease. However, the disease may also get transmitted when you are exposed to droplets expelled when an affected individual coughs or sneezes. However, this disease is not as contagious as other infections like common cold. There are several signs and symptoms of the condition and one may experience most of them if the host is adolescent or a young adult. Children often experience few symptoms, which is why the infection remains nondescript and goes undetected. There are certain complications which can be serious; hence if you experience any symptoms of the mononucleosis, then consult a doctor.
Symptoms of Mono rash
Mono rash caused due to mononucleosis are also accompanied with other symptoms. Some of the recognized signs and symptoms of the condition includes:
- Fatigue or general tiredness
- General illness or malaise
- Soreness of throat which may not get cured even if antibiotics are used
- Swollen lymph nodes under armpit or neck
- Tonsils becoming swollen
- Pain in head
- Mono rashes
- Spleen enlargement
The incubation period of the virus is around 4 to 6 weeks. In younger children, the incubation period may be shorter. Symptoms such as fever or sore throat usually reduce within a week’s time. Symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, enlarged spleen, etc, may last for few weeks.
Causes of mono rash
Mono rash are symptoms that occur due to affliction of mononucleosis. The condition is often not too serious. The chief cause of the condition is affliction of a virus called as Epstein Barr Virus. Most cases indicated that exposed individuals, to this virus, mostly develop antibodies. This means that even if they are exposed to the virus again, they may not get infected and develop symptoms as their immune system will not allow invasion.
Your doctor may evaluate the signs and symptoms of the mononucleosis to determine the existence of the condition. He may also probe the patient on the persistence of the condition and then suggested physical examination in clinic itself. There are certain signs that he may look for, such as swollen lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, enlarge spleen or liver, etc.
Doctor may also suggest blood test to further confirm the existence of the infection. Antibody tests are suggested to the patient in case additional confirmation is needed. Monospot test is done to determine antibodies in the body against Epstein Barr Virus. Results of this test are usually obtained in a day. However, it may not be detected infection initially during the first week of affliction. Different antibody tests may take longer time to provide result but can determine prevalence of disease eve during the first week.
White Blood Cell or WBC count test is another technique to check for the possibilities of the condition. This test is done to check for elevation in count of WBC (lymphocyets) or anomalous lymphocytes. The condition cannot be confirmed through the test but possibilities can be evaluated.
Treatment for mononucleosis and mono rash
There are no specific treatments available in the industry that could treat the condition. It is also determined that antibiotics may not work against this type of viral infection. However, doctors commonly suggest bed rest and consumption of plentiful fluid.
It is recorded that secondary infection such as streptococcal infection may sometimes accompany sore throat experienced due to mononucleosis. In some cases sinus infection or tonsil infection (tonsillitis) may also affect the mono patient. If such conditions are detected doctor may recommend antibiotics to deal with these bacterial infections. Mono rash can be treated using topical as suggested by the doctor.
Derivative of penicillin and amoxicillin are not recommended in case of mono rashes or mononucleosis. Is any of the aforementioned medicines are consumed by affected individual then he may suffer from rashes. Occurrence of rashes does not mean that sufferer is allergic to antibiotic. If necessary other antibiotics are also suggested which are less possible to cause rashes to deal with infections caused due to mononucleosis. Severe swelling and other symptoms can be treated using corticosteroids. Doctor may recommend corticosteroid medicines such as prednisone.
There are several lifestyle changes that one should follow in order to relieve symptoms associated with mononucleosis. If diagnosed with mononucleosis one should stake complete bed rest. It is also highly recommended for patients to consume sufficient amount of fluid. If needed, one can also take non-prescription medicines to relief pain. Sore throat can be treated by gargling with salt water regularly.
If you are affected with mononucleosis then you should ensure that it does not spread to others. Since it spreads through natural bodily fluids it is essential that you avoid kissing someone until you are diagnosed negative off the condition. You should also cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.