If you have a sore throat, swollen tonsils, or swollen lymph nodes, especially on the sides of the neck, ask your doctor to test for mono in addition to strep throat. “Many people have the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)—the main viral cause of mononucleosis—in their system throughout their lives, but we can only tell through a blood test,” says Robert I. Danoff, DL, an osteopathic family medicine physician and program director of The Family Medicine Residency and Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency programs at Aria-Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. Try these sore throat home remedies.
One of the first signs of mono is if you develop a rash after taking an antibiotic commonly used to treat a sore throat, such as amoxicillin or ampicillin. “These antibiotics are used when a bacterial cause of a sore throat is suspected, prior to the healthcare provider knowing that mono is present. The rash is not an allergic reaction,” says Dr. Danoff.