Yes, we know! Interpreting these results can be rather hard. For instance, testing positive for both EBV EA Abs and EBV VCA IgM can be a sign of an acute (a recent) EBV infection. On the other hand, testing positive for EBV VCA IgG and negative for EBV VCA IgM may be a sign of a previous infection. A bit confusing, isn’t it? Asking a doctor for help is always the best option.
Treatment for mononucleosis
If you test positive for mono, don’t panic! Mononucleosis is not usually a dangerous disease and complications are rare (spleen rupture, inflamed liver, anaemia etc.).
Mononucleosis, unfortunately, is not treatable and antibiotics are not effective (see above). Symptoms, in particular fatigue, if present, can last for long periods of time. Ask your doctor for medicines to relieve the symptoms and make your illness more bearable.
Some rest and relax, a healthy diet and lots of water are often the best cure for mono. Now is the time to take a few days off from your busy school or work schedule, or give up a trip to the Colosseum!