Mono Test

Mononucleosis is a rather common, but potentially dangerous illness. The beginning symptoms of mono can seem like a bad cold or influenza, but without proper treatment they can get worse. If you start noticing any symptoms, then come into WellCare Urgent Care in Grand Rapids to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

What Are the Symptoms from Mononucleosis?

More than 3 million individuals in the United States will have mononucleosis each year because this health condition is transmitted from contaminated saliva. This disease is more common in teenagers and young adults, but it can also occur in other age groups. The symptoms from mononucleosis are similar to other conditions, making it difficult to know if you have this condition or if you have a cold.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Swollen glands
  • Sore throat
  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Headaches
  • Enlarged liver

This health issue is often referred to as the kissing disease, but it is also transmitted from bad sanitation habits such as sharing drinks or eating utensils.

Physical Examinations for Mononucleosis

This infection is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, and in many cases, you will need medication to help you overcome the disease. At an urgent care center, a physician can provide a physical examination to determine if you have mononucleosis rather than having strep throat, tonsillitis or some other medical issue. The physical examination will include checking for the skin rash and looking for swollen glands in the mouth, neck, and armpits. Our physician will also examine your abdomen to determine if your liver or spleen is swollen. The spleen and liver can enlarge because these organs are fighting against the Epstein-Barr virus.

Blood Test for Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis testing requires collecting a small sample of blood from your forearm so that a laboratory technician can examine the sample by looking for an excessive number of white blood cells. If your mononucleosis test is positive, then you should follow our physician’s treatment plan. Antibiotics will not destroy the Epstein-Barr virus, but your body’s immune system can fight against mononucleosis naturally. It is important to help your body resist and overcome the infection by resting more, eating a nutritious diet or taking dietary supplements.

Possible Complications from Mononucleosis

You can take over-the-counter pain relievers along with gargling with antiseptic mouthwashes to reduce the pain in your body and throat. The Epstein-Barr virus can spread to others, especially in family groups, so it is important to use proper sanitation methods. The average individual will recover from mononucleosis in two to four weeks, but it is possible to have complications from the Epstein-Barr virus. You can have complications from mononucleosis, including an obstructed throat from enlarged glands or having a ruptured spleen.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mono Testing

Come into WellCare

If you have any symptoms of mono it is imperative that you get checked by a medical professional immediately. Mono can cause worse problems if left untreated. Come into WellCare Urgent Care center to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. You can schedule a same-day appointment online at both our Cascade and Leonard offices.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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