The kissing disease: Learn how it develops The kissing disease: Learn how it develops

The kissing disease: Learn how it develops

Current living 2 September, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.


An estimated 95% of the adult population has had mononucleosis. To get this condition, mouth to mouth contact isn’t always the cause; drinking from the same glass can be enough to transmit it.

According to the website MedlinePlus, mononucleosis is an infection of the lymphatic system generally caused by a virus called Epstein-Barr (EBV). It can be passed through saliva, which is why it is more commonly known as “the kissing disease.”

Know the symptoms

Symptoms such as fever, a sore throat or swollen lymph nodes do not occur immediately after a person is infected. Normally, they appear progressively between one and eight weeks after contact (the older the patient, the longer it takes). The process tends to unfold as follows:

  1. At first, the person feels tired, sometimes exhausted, without any reason explanation. It is common to think you are coming down with something.
  2. Days later, fever and swollen lymph nodes occur, which are the main symptoms that make doctors consider mononucleosis as a possible diagnosis.
  3. Some people also have nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, general discomfort or headaches.
  4. In 50% of patients, their spleens may become enlarged (splenomegaly), and 20% of patients, their liver may also become enlarged.

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