Are you familiar with the term kissing disease? Kissing disease is not like the common STD. The term is used by teenagers because this infection is passed and transmitted by means of kissing. On the other hand, besides kissing, there are other ways for an infected person to transfer the virus. Sharing utensils, drinking from contaminated glasses and sneezing are also possible ways to pass the virus.
To understand the term better, Kissing disease, Mononucleosis or Mono for short is spread through saliva. The virus is known as the Epstein-Barr virus. It belongs to the family of viruses known as cytomegaloviruses. Those who are infected by this virus can build up antibodies making them resistant from that point on. Based on statistics, people who are most likely to catch Mono are teenagers. However, kids as young as ten and as old as 35 can also get the disease.
The most common symptoms of Mono are general weakness, loss of appetite, easy fatigability and swollen glands under the ear, arms and groin. Characteristically, the virus stays latent in the human body for four to six weeks before the symptoms will become evident. Nevertheless, the symptoms of Mono can last for one month, relentlessly restricting a person’s ability to attend school. Go to work and participate in any engagements.
Ideally, person experiencing the above symptoms must seek medical assistance right away. This way, prompt and accurate management will be given. But since the symptoms of Mono are similar to other medical conditions, the disease is often neglected or unrecognized. Often people perform home remedies as management before they seek medical attention. To treat Mono at home, here are some helpful tips. But be cautious as these remedies do not replace the expediency and accuracy of medical interventions:
Aromatheraphy is very helpful in relieving the symptoms of Mono. Essential oils like eucalyptus and lavender can help lower fever, reduce malaise and improve the energy level of the person.
These scented oils can directly be applied to the pulse points or be inhaled as vapors. Aside from eucalyptus and lavender, tea tree oil is powerful oil used in a number of diseases. It is a powerful antioxidant and disinfectant. It can kill the virus in the body.
According to studies, secondary infections like UTI or Urinary tract infection can develop during the course of treatment of Mono. Drinking plenty of water and pure cranberry juice can help a lot. Cranberry juice is known to stop E.coli, the common bacteria causing UTI from sticking to the walls of the bladder and urinary tract. Aside from the juice, it is also available in capsule form for easy digestion.
One way to recuperate faster is to have adequate rest and sleep. It can improve energy level and reduce the symptoms of fatigue as well. Engaging in strenuous activities and other physical work can possibly increase the possibility of a relapse.
Recommended Diet For Mono
When managing Mono, try to include more vitamins and minerals in the everyday diet. Eat foods rich in Vitamin A, C, B complex and calcium, zinc. Adding ginger, garlic and lemon can enhance the immune system and help fight off infection. Fresh fruits and vegetables are ideal because these foods contain the necessary vitamins and minerals for faster recuperation. Moreover, foods to be avoided are chocolate, candies, alcohol and tobacco. Typically, these foods are not healthy. You need to consume foods that are healthy with sufficient nutrients to boost the immune system and fight off the virus.
The home remedies above are very helpful in managing Mono at home. They are very easy to do and often the cost is minimal. If unsure, and for further instructions, one can consult a medical doctor right away.