10 Diseases You Can Get Through KISSING!
Number 10: Gum Disease.
The American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) reported that 80% of Americans have gum disease. The scary thought is that these statistics are only based on people who have had a dental screening.
Can gum disease be transmitted through kissing? According to Dr. Mark A. Reynolds. Chairman of the periodontics department at the University of Maryland Dental School, the answer is yes. Research has found that the bacteria that cause gum disease can be passed from one person to another through saliva.
Number 9: Cold Sores.
Cold sores, or fever blisters, are caused by a herpes simplex virus or HSV-1. These small, fluid-filled lesions occur in the area around your mouth, most commonly on and around the lips.
Cold sores are highly contagious and can spread through skin to skin contact like kissing, or contact with genital secretions. It can also spread by sharing a cup, eating utensils, or lip balm or lipstick with someone who has it.
Number 8: Polio.
Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. Among those paralysed, 5% to 10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.
Symptoms include fever, limb pain, fatigue, headache and stiffness in the neck. Polio is spread through contact with stool from an infected person. Although less common, polio transmission occurs through contact with respiratory droplets or saliva.
Number 7: Syphilis.
Syphilis is a highly contagious disease spread primarily by sexual activity, including oral and anal sex. Occasionally, the disease can be passed to another person through prolonged kissing or close bodily contact.
If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious and permanent problems such as dementia, blindness, or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new cases of syphilis have doubled between 2005 and 2013. In 2014, the number of new cases had risen to 19,999.
Number 6: Mumps.
Mumps is an extremely contagious viral infection of the salivary glands that most commonly affects children. The most obvious symptom is swelling of one or both of the salivary glands on the sides of the face. Complications can include encephalitis, meningitis, painful swelling of the testicles or the ovaries; pancreatitis; and hearing loss.
The virus is spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing or sharing drinks, utensils, food or water bottles.
Number 5: The Kissing Disease.
Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, refers to a group of symptoms usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It typically occurs in teenagers, but you can get it at any age. The virus is spread through saliva, which is why some people call it “the kissing disease.”
The symptoms may include fever, sore throat, swollen lymph glands in the neck and armpits, headache, fatigue, muscle weakness, swollen tonsils, and night sweats.
Number 4: Cytomegalovirus.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a disease caused by a type of herpes virus. The infection is spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, respiratory droplets, saliva, sexual contact, urine, and tears.
Symptoms may include These may include enlarged lymph nodes, especially in the neck, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, malaise, muscle aches, rash, and sore throat.
Number 3: Rubella.
Rubella, also known as German measles, is a disease caused by the rubella virus. Although considered a mild illness, it can be very serious for pregnant women and their developing babies.
Rubella is spread by contact with saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the virus spreads through droplets in the air. Sharing food, drinks or cigarettes, or kissing someone who has the virus can also put you at risk.
Number 2: Hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B is a virus (HBV) that infects the liver and can cause liver inflammation called "hepatitis." The virus is spread by contact with blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. It can spread from the mother to her child during birth.
Common causes of transmission include unprotected sexual contact, sharing needles among injection drug users, re-use of contaminated needles and syringes, and sharing of razor blades or toothbrushes.
Number 1: Bacterial Meningitis.
Bacterial meningitis is a serious illness caused by germs that are usually passed from one person to another through coughing and sneezing, and through kissing, sexual contact, and contact with infected blood. Sharing eating utensils, glasses, food, or towels can also spread the bacteria.
Although symptoms may vary, the more common signs and symptoms of meningitis include high fever, stiff neck, severe headaches, vomiting, discomfort of bright lights, drowsiness, and lack of appetite.