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Reasons Why You Should Avoid Kissing Many Unknown People

Nothing tastes better than a good kiss. It is good for mental and affective health and even for self-esteem and ego, when you are kissed by several people in the same night! This is because kissing a lot of people has become a partying, partying and Carnival program, especially when you are drunk on alcohol or any of the countless recreational drugs.

But is there a problem in going out making out? Unfortunately, yes: kissing a lot of different people considerably increases the risk of contracting diseases, even serious ones.

It was just a little kiss is what everyone says. But not everyone is aware of the danger that lies in oral contact, especially with unknown partners.

The kiss can be a way of transmission of several infectious diseases, especially when there is an injury in the oral area.

Passed through the lips and saliva, pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi cause diseases of varying severity, according to Borgato. The diseases with the highest risk of transmission are oral herpes and mononucleosis, definitely transmitted by kissing.

As nothing is known about the mouth - or mouths - that one is going to kiss, caution and criteria are needed. One should not only avoid contact with people with obvious mouth lesions or symptoms of disease - even a seemingly mere flu - but also be smart about going out to the party with a mouth problem. Inflammations such as thrush and gingivitis make the oral mucosa sensitive and facilitate the entry of microbes.

According to WebMD - The most common diseases transmitted by kissing are:


Popularly known as "kissing disease", it mainly affects people between 15 and 25 years old through a virus transmitted by saliva. It can cause malaise, fever, cough, headache and sore throat and can be confused with other common respiratory diseases, such as flu. Some people may never have symptoms but still pass it on through kissing.

As with all viruses, there are no specific drugs against mononucleosis. Treatment is limited to controlling the symptoms with antipyretics, analgesics and anti-inflammatories. Rest is also necessary because the disease affects the liver and spleen.

Herpes labialis:

In its oral form (because there is also genital), herpes manifests itself by the appearance of small blisters or sores on the lips (similar to pimples), which regress and heal in a few days.

The statistics of the disease are frightening. Almost the entire world population is a carrier of the HSV-1 virus (90%, to be exact), although it manifests itself in only 40% of those infected. The infected person does not always show any sign of being a carrier of the virus, but the contagion happens when lesions manifest.

The initial infection, in those who have never had contact with the virus, can cause systemic alterations, such as headache, fever and malaise.

Herpes has no cure: the most that can be done is to reduce the intensity and shorten the time of the lesions with the use of antiviral drugs, in the form of an oral pill and/or cream applied on the area of the lesion. The action of the medication is to inhibit the virus replication, preventing it from multiplying freely and the infection from lasting longer.


A serious bacterial infection, it is best known as an STI (sexually transmitted infection). Although the main way of infection is intimacy without a condom, it can also be contracted through kissing, through small sores in the mouth. If syphilis is not diagnosed quickly, its progression causes cardiovascular, neurological and bone problems that can lead to death.

When the mouth is the site of entry of the bacteria, the disease usually manifests itself through a lesion that appears 10 to 90 days after infection.

The treatment consists of antibiotic injections (benzathine penicillin, known as Benzetacil), sometimes in a single dose, when the disease is still in its first stages.

It is necessary to pay attention to the appearance of wounds both externally in the region of the lips and inside the mouth. When noticing any oral lesion, one should seek a dentist, who can recognize if the problem is merely oral or a possible symptom of some other disease and instruct the search of another health professional for the correct diagnosis.

There are also other diseases that can be transmitted by contact with an infected person, such as mumps, rubella, chickenpox, meningitis and even dental caries. Therefore, care must be taken to be aware of the risks and to improve oral hygiene if you want to start kissing.

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