Compromised Immune Systems
People who have weakened immune systems are much more likely to fall ill with many types of infections and viruses that don't even affect those with strong and healthy immune systems.
So if you have mono, it is a good idea to stay away from the elderly or from anyone you know who has had a transplant, is HIV positive or who is suffering from AIDS. You could make them ill.
Boosting The Immune System
If you are someone with a weak immune system then you need to do everything you can to boost your immune system, especially during the winter when there seem to be many more bugs flying around.
Taking a good vitamin supplement, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough rest are the best ways to avoid getting sick. Oh, and of course, try to avoid anyone who is sick.
Transplant Patients And People With HIV
If you have a weakened immune system, have been in contact with someone who has mono and think you are developing any of the symptoms of the virus, then you should see your physician as soon as possible and make sure you get a test for mono.
Although the normal treatment for mono is to rest, recuperate and drink lots of fluids, when you are in these vulnerable groups it may not be enough.
Your doctor may want to adjust your existing medication, lower immune suppressant drugs or offer you anti-viral therapy. Anti-virals are not normally suggested for mono patients as most people recover fairly quickly, but people who are particularly vulnerable to infections may benefit.
Your doctor may also be aware of any current drugs trials for mono that you may qualify for and which may help you to recover. For example, recent research trials have shown that the anti-viral drug valganciclovir was helpful in reducing the Epstein Barr virus in children who had liver transplants.
In addition, researchers are currently developing a vaccine against the Epstein Barr virus and those with weakened immune systems should look into receiving this vaccination once it is available.
If you have a loved one who is elderly, make sure that they take extra vitamin supplements to boost their immune system to protect themselves from illnesses.
If they do get mono, it is extremely important that they see their doctor immediately. An older person is much more likely to suffer some of the more severe aspects of the illness simply because they have less resistance to infection and illness.
Pneumonia is one of the complications of mono that can become very serious in the elderly and may even require hospitalization. If you are a care giver for an elderly patient with mono, be sure that you are in regular contact with your patient's doctor in order to ensure the best possible care and treatment.
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