When People Say, "I Have Got Mono," What Do They Mean?

"Mono," is the common name for Mononucleosis which is also sometimes referred to as glandular fever. Mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and its symptoms include fever, a sore throat, white patches at the back of the throat, swollen glands (especially in the neck and armpits), a swollen spleen, coughing, and loss of appitite. However, Mononucleosis is famous for giving people incredible fatigue.

A co-worker of mine has told me that he got mono in college, and has never felt quite the same since. In a normal case, however, mono is supposed to clear itself up from 2 weeks to 3 months.