Natural Remedy for Mononucleosis (Mono)

Nearly everyone as a child heard stories about the dreaded “kissing virus,” mononucleosis (better known as just “mono”) and how it afflicts individuals for months at a time. In actuality, it can be spread by a variety of ways, not just kissing. It’s a fairly common illness, and typically will go away on its own eventually. With lots of rest and care and a few tricks, you can beat mono and feel better much more quickly.

How can I prevent mono?

  • If an infected person is around, practice great hygiene and avoid putting hands in or near the mouth or eyes if they haven’t been washed recently.
  • Disinfect commonly touched areas on a somewhat frequent basis to avoid accidentally coming into contact with the virus.
  • Do not share eating or drinking utensils.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet to keep the immune system strong.

What are the symptoms of mono?

  • About four to six weeks after exposure to the virus: high fever, a severe sore throat, swollen glands, swollen tonsils, weakness and fatigue.
  • Mono may cause the spleen to swell. Severe pain in the upper left section of the stomach may indicate that the spleen has burst, which is an emergency.

How do I get rid of mono?

  • Typically, self-care is the best way to get rid of mono. This includes rest, throat lozenges to soothe your throat, acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever and headache, and avoiding contact sports and heavy lifting.
  • Any medicines or vitamins that have immune-boosting effects, such as astragalusm, Echinacea, cat’s claw, dandelion, milk thistle, goldenseal, and spirulina.
  • Perhaps the most popular herb for mono is olive leaf extract, which helps impair the growth of viruses that cause diseases such as mono.
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