At CityMD urgent care, we offer a rapid mono screening test that will give you results in just fifteen minutes, while you wait comfortably. Just walk into any of our clinics when itâ€™s most convenient for you.
Once you have your results from the quick mono test, youâ€™ll know whether or not you need to spend the next several weeks resting while preventing the virus from spreading to family members. Weâ€™ll let you know how to stay comfortable and manage your symptoms. In acute cases, we will prescribe anti-viral medication or give you intravenous corticosteroids on site. If your mono is accompanied by a bacterial infection of the throat, we may prescribe antibiotics for that as well.
Causes of Mono
Mononucleosis, commonly called mono, is an illness caused by a virus called Epstein-Barr. By the time 95% of adults reach the age of 40 they harbor the virus in their bodies, but only a small percentage actually progress to the illness phase. Adolescents are most likely to have the virus cause mononucleosis. This doesnâ€™t make sense The virus is spread by bodily contact like kissing, making mono known primarily as an illness for high school and college students.
The symptoms of mono are similar to those of the flu, including fever, sore throat (pharyngitis), swollen glandsâ€”often dramatically, visibly swollen. After two or three weeks, the spleen and sometimes the liver become enlarged, too.
A smaller portion of mono cases are caused by a more dangerous virus called cytomegalovirus, which can be life threatening for infants or people with compromised immune systems.
Quick Mono Tests and Treatment
If you think you have mono, itâ€™s important to get a rapid mono test as soon as you can to diagnose your symptoms. Failing to treat mono can lead to severe complications including rupture of the spleen, jaundice, hepatitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even meningitis and encephalitis. Once the mono virus has passed itâ€™s unlikely to get it again, although your body will harbor the virus for the rest of your life.
For immediate and comprehensive medical care and rapid mono testing, just walk in any of our urgent care clinics today! You may also register online to expedite your wait time, or call us at 212-772-3627 with any questions.