Kiss the "kissing disease" goodbye

A kiss is just a kiss? Not with Mono around!

It's known as the "kissing disease" and as your teens go back to school, they're the most vulnerable to catching this disease.

Making a House Call this week is Mark Thompson from Thompson Pharmacy in Traverse City.

"Mono, or Mononucleosis, is a viral infection," said Thompson. "It causes fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands, especially in the neck."

Thompson said Mono is often spread through saliva, bodily fluids, and close contact. It often occurs among teens and college campuses. But it could develop at any age.

"It's a very common virus," said Thompson. "By the age of 40, about 95% of the population has gotten it, but were never symptomatic."

Early signs of Mono include fatigue, a general ill feeling, headache, sore throat, and possibly a whitish coating in the back of the throat.

"Fatigue is a big symptom, and feeling really run down," said Thompson. "A lot of people also develop Strep throat as a secondary symptom."

Thompson said as Mono gets worse, your tonsils and lymph nodes will swell and become painful or tender, a pink, measles-like rash may occur along with worsened drowsiness, fever and muscle aches. Treatment to relieve these symptoms includes drinking plenty of fluids, rest, gargling salt water, and ibuprofen for pain.

"Recovery can be one to two weeks, or even two to three months," said Thompson.

To prevent Mono, Thompson suggests simply being aware, washing your hands and avoiding sharing drinks, make up, or utensils.

To learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment for Mono, click the video above.