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8 Deadly Diseases and Infections You Can Get From Kissing

Kissing is an act which exists in most cultures and is one of the most universal signs of showing affection.

There's really no harm in receiving or giving a simple peck but a more intimate act of kissing such as on the lips exposes our health to the danger of getting deadly diseases and infections because of the exchange of saliva between both parties.

Medical experts say an intimate 10 seconds kiss can transfer over 80 million bacterias through the exchange of saliva.

Using data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), here are 8 deadly diseases and infections you can get from kissing as a result of the exchange of saliva.

1. Gum Disease

We constantly have bacteria, mucus and other particles living in our mouths which can build up to become plaques. We get rid of plaques through brushing and if not cleaned properly, plaques build up under the gum line causing gum disease.

Though gum disease can not be transferred through kissing, but the bacteria that causes it can.

Brushing properly is the best way get rid of the bacteria which causes gum disease and help keep ourselves and partners safe from it.

2. Mononucleosis

Often referred to as "mono" or "the kissing disease", it is caused by the spreading of Epstein-Barr-Virus (EBV) through saliva.

Symptoms includes, fever, sore throat, fatigue, muscle weakness and swollen lymph glands.

The infection and it's symptoms lasts between 30 - 60 days (15 - 30 for younger people).

There's no actual treatment for mononucleosis yet but resting, staying hydrated and taking pain killer medications usually helps the infected person.

3. Oral Herpes

Commonly referred to as "cold sores" or "fever blisters", it is transmitted through direct contact of the affected area with any opening on the skin.

The symptoms are not always visible but research shows that in every 4 adults two are more likely to have oral herpes.

Unfortunately once a person contacts this virus it stays with them forever, but the symptoms usually lasts between 8 - 10 days while the cold sores heal on their own.

4. Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

CMV is a virus in the herpes family, it spreads through body fluids like saliva, semen, breast milk, urine and blood.

A person infected with CMV can live with it for a long period of time without even knowing, especially when the person is healthy.

Symptoms of CMV only appears in patients with weak immune systems and includes fatigue, muscle aches, fever and in few serious cases, visual impairment, pneumonia and seizures.

There's also no cure for CMV, treatment of the virus generally is not needed in healthy children and adults.

5. Polio

Polio primarily affects children and is highly infectious. It can be transmitted through oral contact and through contaminated food and water.

Symptoms of polio includes fever, fatigue, limb pains, stiffness in the neck region and head aches.

Though there's no actual cure for polio but it can be prevented through immunization vaccines given at childhood. Thankfully it has been largely eradicated all over the world and hopefully very soon the world will be declared polio free.

6. Influenza

Influenza is a flu and can be transmitted via droplets of saliva through coughing, sneezing, talking and kissing.

Influenza symptoms includes fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.

Affected persons tends to recover on their own withing 14 days. It's a seasonal disease and can be prevented by taking the flu vaccines annually.

7. Mumps

Mumps is a virus that affects the salivary glands causing them to swell.

It is an airborne disease and can be transmitted through the droplets released by infected persons into the air.

Mumps is no longer common like before and can be prevented through vaccines.

Recovering takes about 2 weeks and treatment usually focuses on relieving the symptoms which includes fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.

8. Meningitis

Viral meningitis can be caused by different types of viruses, it is serious but less severe than Bacteria meningitis.

Meningitis is transmitted through respiratory secretions from one person to another. Symptoms include headaches, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stiff neck.

There are no medications for meningitis, but patients with healthy body system usually get better on their own.

Content created and supplied by: Ernyfred (via Opera News )

Centers for Disease Control EBV Epstein-Barr-Virus Gum Disease World Health Organization


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