Convenient Mono Tests
Mononucleosis is an infectious disease that’s more often referred to as “Mono” or “The Kissing Disease.” This is because it’s a virus that is transmitted via saliva. However, the virus can easily be spread through coughs, sneezes, and yes, kissing. Fortunately, it’s not quite as contagious as viral infections such as the common cold.
Here at MEDIQ Urgent Care, we offer a variety of lab tests, including mononucleosis tests. If you live in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, or High Point areas and are feeling fatigued, are having trouble swallowing, and a fever, visit the Mediq Urgent Care center nearest you for a mononucleosis test today.
Symptoms of Mononucleosis
Mononucleosis tends to be more common in teens and young adults than in adults or the elderly. Symptoms often take a while to appear after the virus has been contracted. In fact, it can take as long as four to six weeks for the incubation period to end, although this period can be shorter for children. Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Skin rash
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen spleen
- Swollen tonsils
Symptoms such as fever and sore throat will usually lessen within a few weeks; however, symptoms such as fatigue, swollen spleen, and swollen lymph nodes may last a couple of weeks longer.
The symptoms of mononucleosis can be similar to those of other diseases, including lymphoma, hepatitis, lupus or rubella. Because of this, you’ll need to get tested specifically for mononucleosis.
Testing for Mononucleosis
There are several tests that a doctor can perform to find out if you have mononucleosis. These tests include the monospot test and the EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus) antibody test.
- Monospot Test – Monospot tests are quick screenings that help to identify heterophil antibodies, which are a type of antibody that form during certain infections. A sample of the patient’s blood is taken and combined with various substances. If heterophil antibodies are present in the patient’s blood sample, then the blood will clump together. This means that the patient does have mononucleosis. Monospot testing will only be able to identify antibodies between two and nine weeks after the infection has taken place.
- EBV Test – The EBV test helps to diagnose mononucleosis and can be used to determine if you’ve ever been infected with mono and whether the infection has been recent. It’s the test that doctors will perform if you have symptoms related to mono and your monospot test was negative. The test is performed by taking a sample of the patient’s blood and mixing it with a substance that attaches to antibodies against EBV.
No kind of preparation is required prior to getting a monospot test or an EBV test. When blood is drawn for the test, it will be done either from the patient’s vein or from their finger.
Get a Mono Test Today
If you begin to experience the symptoms associated with mononucleosis and they don’t lessen after a week or two, then you should visit Mediq Urgent Care to see a medical professional. Mononucleosis tests will determine if you have contracted mononucleosis, which will allow you to take steps in order to recover from the illness quicker.