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Could fever, body rashes, runny nose and cough be due to mono?

Hello. Several weeks ago, my husband was diagnosed with Mono. He has been fine for several weeks, and I never developed any symptoms. The past 4 days, our 8 month old has had a fever 38.2-39.1, and today he is afebrile and has a german measles looking rash on his neck, trunk, arms and pelvic area. His other symptoms are mild runny nose and subtle cough. Could he have Mono? Should he be tested?
Fri, 26 Jun 2020
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Hello,

It could be. Babies don't often get mono, but they can. It's usually quite mild, but as you described. That is a typical viral syndrome response - like Fifth's disease, roseola, etc. There is no treatment for Mono or most kinds of viruses, so you should be fine as it resolves. No testing is needed!

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Lisa Baker
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Could fever, body rashes, runny nose and cough be due to mono?

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