adult mononucleosis

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 teenagers...

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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