Mono Testing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
Mononucleosis (mono for short), a very common illness for children, is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. At some point during childhood, nearly all kids are exposed to this virus, although mono symptoms are usually more noticeable during teen years than early childhood. While many people know mono as “the kissing disease,” there are actually a variety of ways to contract the illness including coughing, sneezing, and any contact with the saliva of someone with mono.
Symptoms of mono typically appear 4 to 7 weeks following contact with the virus and may include:
- Low appetite
- Sore throat
- Sore muscles
- Abdominal pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Skin rash
- Enlarged liver or spleen
As these symptoms are similar to those of influenza, testing for monol is often a necessary course of action. At Grow Pediatrics, we provide mono testing that Twin Cities parents trust. Our providers may complete a blood test or a physical exam to look for swollen lymph nodes or an enlarged liver. If your child is diagnosed with the virus, it is important to know that it typically requires no treatment and heals on its own within several weeks. Mono complications, such as meningitis, heart inflammation and breathing trouble, can occur on rare occasions. If you suspect that your child is suffering from mono, schedule an appointment at our Inver Grove Heights or Richfield mono testing clinic.