The mouth houses over a hundred different microorganisms alone; are you SHOCKED!!! This is why this topic “5 Diseases You Can Contract Through Kissing” is necessary.
That what expert say, and believe me, you don’t need to argue with them.
To think it, how is something as enjoyable as kissing lead to exposure to such large number of microorganism? Such is life…
Cleveland Clinic and BioMed Central based in the United States of America and specialising in health services and research, state that saliva interaction poses a significant health risk.
Michael Benninger, MD, a surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic tends to have a different view on this, he states that, “The risk of transmitting infectious organisms to someone else through saliva is very low” because saliva possesses antibodies and enzymes that decrease the risk of contagions.
However, BioMed Central insists that over 80 million bacteria alone can be transferred through an intimate 10-second kiss. Their findings led them to infer that while Benninger is not wrong in his assertion; but his position is only valid in a situation where the persons involved in the act of kissing observes high oral hygiene.
Now lets us get into the “5 Diseases You Can Contract Through Kissing”
Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called the kissing disease. The virus that causes mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing. Itis commonly caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Symptoms include:
- Sore throat, perhaps misdiagnosed as strep throat, that doesn’t get better after treatment with antibiotics
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck and armpits
- Swollen tonsils
- Skin rash
- Soft, swollen spleen
Complications include spleen enlargement, liver issues, anemia, thrombocytopenia, heart problems, meningitis, encephalitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Swollen tonsils
2. Gum Disease
Plaque builds up beneath the gum line when the mouth is not properly brushed (poor oral hygiene). This leads to gum disease and further emphasizes the theory that without proper observation of oral hygiene the mouth becomes more prone to diseases through saliva.
Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented by immunization.
What many do not know is that polio can also be got through oral contact.
When a person with influenza coughs, sneezes or talks, he automatically spreads it to those close by. While symptoms of influenza range from cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue, it is important to note that a very easy pathway to spreading influenza is through mouth-to-mouth contact where kissing falls into.
Meningitis is a swelling of the membranes around the spinal cord and brain. It can be caused by fungi, parasites, or even injury. Most often, it’s caused by viral or bacterial infection. Children are especially vulnerable to bacterial meningitis.
Common symptoms include headache, fever, and skin rash.
There are different route of exposure to Meningitis, and this depends on the type. However, bacterial and fungal meningitis can be contacted through saliva.
6. Throat gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial STI in the UK after chlamydia.
It mostly infects the privates and bottom and is less common in the throat and eyes.
Boffins at Monash University, in Australia, quizzed 3,091 people on their sex lives.
Those who had kissed and had sex with at least four people were 81 per cent more likely to get throat, or oropharyngeal, gonorrhoea.
Symptoms include a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, though in many cases it causes no symptoms.
In summary, an act as sweet as kissing can be deadly, be cautious.
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