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How to recover quickly from mononucleosis?

I have been diagnosed with Mononucleosis and tested positive a week ago tomorrow however was experiencing suspicious symptoms for 2 weeks prior. The initial doctor visit yielded a penicillin regiment for 10 days with no relief - the mono test revealed 1:16 anigen count.

symptoms have been fierce with the exception of the severe sore throat. Fatigue and swollen lymph node pain in neck and groin and some nasty headaches. I am staying well nourished and extremely well hydrated. I am taking Ginseng in the mornings with royal jelly as well as 3,000 MGs of vitamin C daily. I am also taking a multivitamin in the evenings before bed. - I need to speed up the recovery time - how can I do this? I am in what seems to be a never ending cycle of up days and down days. I live outside of the United States and have access to just about everything.
Thu, 4 Aug 2016
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It can be tough at times to deal with mononucleosis because it's symptoms may last for weeks and being a viral infection, it is believed to run its course. You are doing some great things and I usually recommend rest, plenty of fluids to my patients for quick recovery from mononucleosis.

Some simple things like warm saline gargle two to three times a day for sore throat, and something over the counter for pain like Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen, if one is not allergic to them may provide some symptomatic relief from headache and sore throat. Since you have finished an antibiotic course, we can assume that any secondary bacterial infection must be taken care of.

Please stay strong as mononucleosis, being a viral infection, may take a few weeks to get better. I appreciate the efforts you are making to get back to your healthy self and I hope continuing good diet, rest and hydration, helps you to get back to your healthy self soon.

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

Dr. Kiranjit Kaur
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