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How To Get Rid Of Mono

Updated on October 22, 2011

How To Get Rid Of Mono

The severity of the symptoms associated with infectious mononucleosis (mono) can vary greatly, including the intensity and pain of the discomfort. From swollen lymph nodes, a sore throat, debilitating headaches and body-spanning aches to an enlarged liver and spleen -- you name it. But while you may be feeling a little (to put it mildly) under the weather, know that in most cases mono will clear itself up naturally within the space of a couple of weeks. In this article I will outline some natural, healthy and proven ways to make recovery as painless and rapid as possible.

Please note that I am by no stretch of imagination a doctor, and with any illness I wholeheartedly urge a visit to the local physician, especially because the symptoms of mono can easily be confused with strep throat and a myriad of other ailments.

Help The Body Do Its Thing

Most medical sources mention that no specific treatments are usually necessary (anti-viral drugs have often prolonged the malaise). However, as with any infectious disease, the speed of recovery can be greatly aided by adhering to the following rules of thumb:

  1. Plenty of sleep. This should come naturally as one of the most persistent symptoms of mono is long-lasting fatigue. Do not be surprised if you feel physically beaten and tired for weeks after the acute phase of the illness.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Help the body flush out toxins and purify itself. Please note that a fever can also dehydrate the body, so drinking that little bit more will have all the more meaning.
  3. Avoid undue stress. A mental depression will weaken the body's immune system and open the door to secondary unpleasantness (more on this later).
  4. Avoiding injuring your enlarged spleen will require you to avoid sports and other activities for the duration of the illness.

Most treatment for mono revolves around easing the discomfort involved, and hammering away at the symptoms.


Rare Complications

Severe complications are very rare, nevertheless, it can happen. Any article on how to get rid of mono wouldn't be complete without them.

  • Hepatitis - inflammation of the liver.
  • Pericarditis - Damage to the heart.
  • Encephalitis - Damage to the brain.
  • Cancer of the pharynx.
  • Can be difficult to resolve for people who are immune suppressed.

Dealing With Mono's Symptoms

A wide array of natural and packaged remedies are available to treat mono symptoms.

  • Tylenol can help clear fevers and headaches.
  • Swelling and inflammation can be treated with cortisone (strictly under medical supervision).
  • Eat plenty of foods which are rich in anti-oxidants.
  • Avoidnicotine and caffeine where possible.
  • An efficient and cost effective remedy for the inevitable sore throat is to gargle tepid salt water.
  • Help your body and immune system with daily dose of green tea.
  • Cranberry juice is another winner.
  • Help your liver by supplementing your meals with B-complex class vitamins.
  • Sugar, salt and copious amounts of drinking can help alleviate the symptoms of low blood pressure (which often arise).
  • Bolster your immune system with vitamin C.

As previously mentioned, most of these tips will help you deal with the symptoms, but will have a negligible effect on the rate of recovery (rest, water and more rest are the keys to this).

Common Mistakes When Treating Mono


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    7 years ago

    Thank you for the tips. I'll definitely try the icecube trick. I currently have a cold, mono, AND strep throat. So... It's pretty fracking bad.

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    7 years ago

    Great useful information provided in this blog, thanks for sharing.

  • natures47friend profile image


    7 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

    Very interesting......never heard mono described here...Doctors must call it by another name maybe.

  • ThroughGlass profile image


    7 years ago from London

    This is pretty decent. I know a few people with mono.

    My mother is one, and it's kicked her in the butt a few times. Thanks for the helpful tips!

  • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

    Dexter Yarbrough 

    7 years ago from United States

    I have never had this but your hub spells out what to do if I should. Great information! Voted up, up and away!

  • billabongbob profile image


    7 years ago from South Wales, UK

    Great Hub, very informative. Mono can be debilitating, so finding ways to alleviate the symptoms and speed up recovery are always great. Thanks for taking the time to share.


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