How to Fight Mono Before It Hits

The disease called mononucleosis, or mono for short, is also commonly known as the "kissing disease" because of its transfer through saliva. However, you can also contract the disease by sharing food or drinks, coughing and sneezing. Once you have been exposed to it, you may feel fine for up to a month because the disease can lie dormant for that long. If you have knowingly been exposed to the disease, you can work to fight off the negative impact to your health before the symptoms appear.


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      Take vitamins to help build your immune system so your body can more effectively fight off the disease. Vitamins like A, C and zinc are particularly important. Take them as part of a multivitamin or take each one separately.

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      Seek out herbal remedies for mono. Some of the herbs that are effective at reducing the effects of mono include echinacea and golden seal, cat's claw, shiitake mushrooms and astragalus. Some of these herbs serve as anti-virals, anti-inflammatories and energy boosters.

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      Sleep as often as you can. Mono wears out your body, making it even more important to get as much rest as possible.

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      Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated. Staying hydrated is crucial to your body's immune system.

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      Eat smaller meals more frequently, so your body gets all the nutrients it needs. One of the symptoms of mono is a reduced appetite, but it is important to keep eating.

Tips & Warnings

  • Begin taking steps as soon as you know you have been exposed. None of these treatments will hurt, even if you don't get sick.
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