Pediatric Monospot (Infectious Mononucleosis) Testing Questions and Answers
At Night Lite Pediatrics, we have an onsite lab with moderate complexity tests to help us understand your child’s ailment and provide the best treatment possible. One of the tests we provide is the monospot test, a test for mono. If you believe your child may need this test, connect with our clinic, come see us today! We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, West Melbourne, and Port St Lucie Florida areas.
What is mono?
Mono is less commonly known as infectious mononucleosis, and it’s a viral illness that can cause flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and swollen lymph glands. The illness is common in teenagers and young adults, and it’s very contagious, being spread easily through saliva. Preventing the spread of the illness can be difficult, as people with the illness may not have any symptoms.
What are the symptoms of mono?
The symptoms of the illness can vary from person to person, and again, it’s possible for a person to show no symptoms at all. The common symptoms tend to be:
- A headache or body aches
- Swollen lymph glands in the neck, or even in the armpits or groin
- Fatigue that may be extreme
- A sore throat that can make swallowing difficult
- A swollen spleen or liver
Some symptoms may seem flu-like. Symptoms typically last for around two to four weeks, but tiredness may last for weeks longer.
What’s the main cause of mono?
The more common cause of the illness is the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), but other viruses can cause it too, like the cytomegalovirus. The illness is often spread through contact with infected saliva, like by kissing, sneezing, or sharing a utensil.
How is mono diagnosed?
It’s typically diagnosed based on symptoms and a physical examination, but in some cases, a doctor may order a test or multiple tests to confirm the diagnosis. A white blood cell count, heterophile antibody test, or monospot test can be done. The monospot test can be especially effective, but not all clinics provide it. We provide the monospot test here at Night Lite Pediatrics!
What is the treatment for infectious mononucleosis?
The first step in helping a patient is diagnosing the illness, which is something we’re very capable of doing at our clinic. Symptoms typically go away on their own within two to eight weeks, but this can be a long time for a child to wait and cope with the symptoms, so treatment is a good idea. While there isn’t a specific treatment for mono and no vaccine to prevent it, there are ways to ease the symptoms and help a child recover. Resting, drinking lots of water, taking over-the-counter medication, and in some cases, corticosteroids, can help.
Where can I get themonospot test for my child?
Night Lite Pediatrics provides the monospot test as well as treatment for mono in children. Our clinic is actually a recipient of the Laboratory Excellence Award given by COLA, so our laboratories meet rigorous federal and state regulatory requirements, and our tests are done following strict guidelines. We can provide the results for most tests while you wait. Walk-in testing is possible with us!
If you believe your child needs the monospot test or another test, connect with our clinic today or just come see us for the test. Please remember the illness is very contagious, however, and consider having your child wear a mask. Our clinic has multiple locations in Greater Orlando and beyond, so please see our Locations page for the one near you, its address, and its contact information. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!