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5 Diseases that are spread by a kiss!

Who doesn’t like a passionate kiss? Who doesn’t want to be closer to their partner? Who doesn’t long to go on a date with their girlfriend/boyfriend? Who doesn’t want to have a deeply intimate relationship with the person they like the most?

If you are thinking of proposing to the person you have fallen in love with on your next date, surely you have also thought of giving a long and passionate kiss. It is not like this? If so, there is nothing wrong with doing so. Without a doubt, the moment your lips touch your partner’s, the world becomes static, and the two of you hear music that no one else could hear.

But with the rapid rush of serotonin and dopamine that occurs in your body, there are also certain risks associated with kissing. We live in a world where microorganisms can attack us, often causing different diseases that are also transferable through saliva, breath, etc.

So get a hold of yourself and check out some kissing risks before you go for it.

 

The kissing disease

Mononucleosis is an infectious disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). This virus lives in human fluids, such as saliva, and is highly contagious. Therefore, there are high chances that this virus can be transmitted from one individual to another through kissing. And this is the most common disease that can be contracted by kissing. That is why it is also called “the kissing disease” . But the good thing is that it does not require any proper or detailed treatment. The remedy for this disease is to rest and stay hydrated. Its symptoms usually last one to two months, and include body aches, flu, weakness, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, and fever.

 

poor dental hygiene

Bad bacteria that breed in the mouth due to poor dental hygiene can be transferred through kissing. These bad bacteria can cause gum disease/infections called gingivitis. In this disease, germs cause cavities and plaques in the mouth that are aggravated by infections. Its symptoms include bleeding gums and a bad smell. Sometimes this condition can be accompanied by serious infections .

 

Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a type of virus that can affect humans and animals. Human coronaviruses are various. They are easily transmissible by the oral and fecal routes. Therefore, the possibility of contracting the coronavirus is multiplied by kissing its victim. Its symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, and serious infections . It can be fatal if the individual’s immunity falls below the desired requirement. Coronaviruses have different strains, so it is better not to fall into the trap of hormones because it can lead to a crucial state.

 

Flu, cough and cold

Although the flu seems like a mild illness. But due to some reasons like allergic triggers, it can get worse. And being a viral disease, it is contagious. The saliva of people with the flu can contain the flu virus in significant amounts. So kissing can be a source of flu transmission. The flu can block the passage of air causing difficulty breathing . Elevated body temperature often occurs due to infections and cough due to airway obstruction.

 

Measles

Measles is a very contagious disease. In this disease, a rash appears all over the body with an elevated body temperature . It is caused by the measles virus and also lives in the victim’s saliva. And kissing involves lip-to-lip interaction, which increases the chances of the measles virus spreading through saliva.

 

Do not panic! Be aware and take precautions

Indeed, kissing also has different health benefits . But along with the beneficial effects, it can also pose a risk to the human body. This does not mean that you should go for it. You can go and hug the person you want to give a long and passionate kiss. But it is necessary to take precautions after knowing the health risks.

 

You can kiss your partner, but be patient in case you or your partner are sick, you haven’t brushed your teeth properly, or you haven’t been feeling well physically or emotionally. If you are both healthy and fit, and confident in your emotional and physical well-being, kiss your love!

The only thought you should have beforehand is to know that you are not going to risk your health or that of your partner. Everything else is losing you in the kiss!

 

Think twice, take precautions and go kiss the one you love desperately!

 

 

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Abe S., et al. (2006). Professional oral care reduces influenza infection in elderly. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 43(2):157–164

Jin L., Vyse A., Brown D.W. (2002). The role of RT-PCR assay of oral fluid for diagnosis and surveillance of measles, mumps and rubella. Bull World Health Organ. 80(1):76–77

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Smart, P. (1999). Everything You Need to Know About Mononucleosis. Van Haren Publishing

Hook, E. W., & Bernstein, K. (2019). Kissing, saliva exchange, and transmission of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(10), e367–e369. https://doi.org/10.1016/s1473-3099(19)30306-8

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