Infectious mononucleosis (“mono”) is a common illness that can affect participation in sports. At A+ Athlete Sports Medicine in Robbinsville and Neptune, New Jersey, board-certified sports medicine physicians Adam Redlich, MD, Adam Thompson, DO, and their exceptional team can offer evaluation and guidance related to sports participation when you have mononucleosis. Call the A+ Athlete Sports Medicine office to schedule an evaluation, or use the online booking feature today.
Mononucleosis may appear as:
If you develop mononucleosis and participate in sports, consult the A+ Athlete Sports Medicine specialists for an evaluation and guidance.
Mononucleosis is caused by a virus called the Ebstein-Barr Virus (EBV). The Ebstein-Barr virus is spread through saliva.
How does my doctor diagnose mononucleosis?
Your doctor can diagnose mononucleosis after a thorough examination, reviewing your symptoms and medical history, checking your vital signs, and through specialized blood tests designed to look for the virus that causes mononucleosis.
How is mononucleosis treated?
Mononucleosis is treated with supportive care such as staying hydrated, getting rest, medications to control symptoms, etc. There is no specific medication that can treat the virus.
How can mononucleosis affect my sports participation?
Mononucleosis can cause the spleen, an organ in the abdomen, to become enlarged which can take several weeks to resolve. Enlarged spleens are fragile and can rupture. Playing sports can increase that risk. It is important to consult with a physician on when it is safe to return to sports participation following a mononucleosis infection.
Call the A+ Athlete Sports Medicine office or use the online booking feature to get advice on managing your mononucleosis infection and your safe return to sports.