Mononucelosis is a viral infection that is usually spread through coming into contact with saliva. The virus responsible for this is known as the Epstein-Barr virus. One of the most common ways it is transmitted is through kissing, and for this reason, it is often referred to as kissing disease. Other ways in which you can be exposed to the disease include through coughing, sneezing and sharing kitchen utensils with someone who has the condition. The most important thing to note is that mononucelosis (abbreviated mono) is not as easily contagious as the common cold.
Some of the symptoms that characterize the condition include inexplicable fatigue, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpit region, swollen tonsils, fever and sore throat that does not ease even with antibiotic use. In some case, affected patients experience headaches, skin rash and a soft enlarged spleen. The condition typically has an incubation period of up to 6 weeks, and this period is typically shorter in young children. More importantly, a few symptoms last for a couple of weeks while others such as the enlarged spleen and swollen lymph nodes last longer.
Since the infection is viral in nature, affected persons will often build antibodies so that they are immune to subsequent infections. Complications that may arise from mononucleosis, however, pose challenges because the enlarged spleen may rupture causing severe abdominal pain. In addition to this, mononucleosis may also cause liver issues and associated conditions such as jaundice and hepatitis. For this reason, it is very important to seek medical attention immediately. The home remedies listed below are only to be used as an adjunct treatment for mononucleosis.
1. Get Adequate Bed Rest:
Time Required: Varies from one person to another.
What You Need: A comfortable place to lay.
Patients with mononucleosis are advised to take adequate rest throughout the day. This is very important because it gives the body ample time to rest. Since the viral infection takes a few weeks to clear, it is important to get regular rest on the days following the infection. During this period, ignore the thought that you do not need rest as this will only aggravate the infection. Alongside this solution, follow the tips below to allow your body to recover from Mono.
Tips to use in addition to getting adequate rest:
- Avoid strenuous physical activity that exerts pressure on the body and places the spleen at risk.
- The same is applicable for games that require vigor and place stress on the body.
- Keep off lifting heavy things to avoid causing further complications in the body.
- Ensure you have a comfortable place to lay and rest.
- Get adequate sleep every night to allow your body to strengthen its immune system.
2. Salt Water Gargle:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1/2 A teaspoon of salt and warm water in a glass.
One of the symptoms that accompanies mononucleosis is swollen tonsils which often causes throat infections. To alleviate these symptoms, simply use salty water to get rid of the infection and reduce the discomfort associated with the same. Additionally, the use of warm water helps soothe the throat and deal with inflammation. Remember you also need to keep your throat moist to reduce the scratchy feeling.
- Add the salt to the warm water and stir to dissolve.
- Once dissolution is complete, gargle the warm water for a few minutes and spit.
- To keep the throat hydrated, suck on some candy at least thrice daily.
3. Raw Garlic:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 3 Cloves of fresh garlic, a pinch of salt, pestle and mortar as well as 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey.
Add raw garlic to your daily diet to treat mononucleosis. Garlic is preferred because it is a potent anti-viral, and therefore helps fight the Epstein-Barr virus that is responsible for the infection. By destroying the virus, the garlic helps alleviate the associated symptoms. Add honey for its moisturizing properties. As a humectant, raw honey coats the throat and helps soothe the throat infection. In the absence of raw garlic, you may use garlic supplements for the same effects.
- Peel the garlic cloves and cut into small pieces.
- Crush the garlic using the pestle and mortar to get a paste-like substance.
- Add a pinch of salt to ease this process as well as to help treat the throat infection.
- Add the honey to the crushed garlic and munch on this mixture. Arguably, this does take a while to get used to since garlic has a very pungent smell. To counter this, take a fresh glass of lemon juice.
- You may use garlic supplements in place of fresh garlic.
- Consult your doctor and follow the proper dosage for this option.
4. Cranberry Juice:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Fresh cranberry juice.
Cranberry juice is one of the best choices as far as home remedies for the natural treatment of mononucleosis is concerned. This is because it helps maintain the body’s fluid balance and keeps the system hydrated. Additionally, the fresh juice also helps cleanse the internal body so that your immune system is strengthened and toxic waste is eliminated. The key thing to note is that the juice should be free of sugar and artificial preservatives. The additional sugar typically worsens the throat infections, and it is best avoided altogether.
- Drink the cranberry juice daily for best results.
Time Required: Varies depending on the choice recipe.
What You Need: Coconut oil (used for cooking or preparing toast).
Coconut oil is one of the most common home remedies used for different conditions, thanks to its healing properties. Of importance in the treatment of mononucleosis is the oil’s anti-viral profile. When used to cook foods or added to toast, the oil helps destroy the infection-causing virus. This works well because coconut oil is rich in lauric acid that effectively clears infections. Use the oil to prepare food using your preferred recipe.
- Use coconut oil to cook your foods.
- Alternatively, add it to your toast for a healthy dose of the oil’s healing properties.
6. Stay Hydrated:
Time Required: Spread throughout the day.
What You Need: Adequate drinking water.
In addition to taking adequate rest, one of the best things that you can do for yourself to treat mononucleosis is to stay hydrated. Affected persons should drink a lot of water and added fluids. This is because fluids are essential to toxin elimination from the body, which goes a long way in treating the condition. Whenever you can, add a liquid diet to your regular water intake. A liquid diet for a short period of time works excellently because such a diet provides nutrition and hydration simultaneously. Note however, that a liquid diet is not supposed to replace a standard balanced diet.
- Drink enough water during the day. The amount of water varies from one person to another depending on one’s health status, age and lifestyle. One of the easiest ways to tell whether you are taking enough water is to look at the color of your urine. A deep yellow color indicates that your body is dehydrated. The reverse is true, and should be what you see.
- Add any of the following fluids to your daily diet: fresh fruit juice (with no added sugars), broth, chicken soup and vegetable juice.
7. Herbal Remedies:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Herbal remedies in capsule form including Echinacea and astragalus.
Herbal remedies are an incredible solution for the natural treatment of mononucleosis. Two specific herbs are known to show great results for infected patients. Echinacea is popular because it is known to boost the immune system which is key to help the body fight off the viral infection. Astragalus too is known to strengthen the immune system which goes a long way in eliminating the viral infection. Both herbal remedies are available in capsule form. If you have any doubts, get in touch with your doctor to gauge your body’s response to the herbs.
- Take two capsules of your preferred herb twice daily until the symptoms of mononucleosis disappear.
8. Green Tea:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of green tea leaves, 1 cup of warm water, a strainer and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Use green tea to treat mononucleosis and alleviate the symptoms of the condition. Green tea is best known for its potent antioxidant properties that help boost the immune system. The tea is also rich in anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for mononucleosis patients. Since the tea’s leaves have these health benefits, they are used to prepare the herbal tea using the steps outlined below. Honey is added to the tea because it soothes the throat as well as helps destroy the virus.
- Place the leaves in a cup, pour in the water and transfer the contents to a pan.
- Boil the mixture for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat.
- Let the leaves steep for 5 minutes before straining.
- Add the honey and stir then drink.
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Preferred essential oil and bath water.
Mononucleosis is characterized by inexplicable fatigue. One of the simple ways to get relief from this symptom is to use aromatherapy. Essential oils are effective in treating various ailments, and are helpful in reducing fatigue. Additionally, when used to massage the body, they reduce muscle spasms which some patients experience. Use any of the following essential oils: lavender, eucalyptus or bergamot.
- Place a few drops of your choice essential oil in the tub and run warm water.
- Soak in this bath for 30 minutes.
- Alternatively, get a massage using any of the oils for much-needed relief.
These remedies help get rid of the Mononucleosis infection, but it is also important for you to put in place measure to curb the spread of the infection. For starters, kissing and blood donation must be avoided at all costs by the patient. It is also wise to avoid coming into contact with babies as their immune system is not fully developed and this places them at greater risk. Use these remedies on a regular basis until the symptoms of mononucleosis disappear.