Information About Adult Mononucleosis
Is it possible for adults to get mononucleosis and if so, how does
it affect them?
Find out about adult mononucleosis below...
Mononucleosis is most common among the 15-35 year old age group.
But you’re more likely to get fully blown mononucleosis
if you’re a teenager or young adult.
Interestingly, if you’re an older adult, you’re
much less likely to catch mononucleosis ...
This could possibly be because over 90% of the population are immune
to the Epstein Barr Virus (the cause of mononucleosis ) [ref
2]. It follows that the older you get, the more likely you are
to become exposed to the Epstein Barr Virus, and thus, become immune
to it. And if you’re immune to the Epstein Barr Virus, you’re
immune to mononucleosis (more
on transmission of mononucleosis…).
But if you’re one of the unlucky few older adult mononucleosis
sufferers, the set of symptoms you might experience
as an adult mononucleosis sufferer are likely to
be different to those experienced by younger adults and
For example, less than half of older adult mononucleosis
sufferers suffer from sore throat, fever, earache, and swollen glands
and lymph nodes (which are usually common symptoms of mononucleosis
). And over a fifth of adult mononucleosis sufferers experience
jaundice [ref 3].
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