Four Nasty Infections That Can Be Spread By Kissing…from Herpes To Gum Disease


IT’S something we all enjoy, a way to show our love for someone…but kissing can spread some fairly nasty bugs.

We all associate sexually transmitted diseases with the act of having sex, but a passionate snog can do the same.

Getty – Contributor When you kiss someone you also ingest any germs they have, which could land you with a nasty infection

When you kiss someone you are basically swapping saliva (sounds gross, we know) so any germs the person you are kissing has you are likely to get too.

Things like the common cold, flu and other highly contagious bugs can be passed on this way, that we know already.

But there are some other diseases that a quick kiss could land you with.

Here’s four conditions you could get from kissing…

1. Herpes

Getty – Contributor Herpes cause nasty blisters to appear on the lips and can be spread through kissing

Herpes is highly contagious and caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which triggers painful blisters.

It is spread by skin-to-skin contact – during vaginal, oral or anal sex – or even just a kiss.

There are two types of herpes – HSV 1 and HSV 2 – which enter the body through the moist skin of the mouth, penis, vagina and rectum.

Both types can cause cold sores on the mouth, genital herpes, whitlows (small abscesses) on the fingers and hands.

Herpes is a chronic condition as it can become active after years of lying dormant in the body.

You may also experience swollen or irritated gums, a sore throat and swollen glands, high temperature, feeling sock and headaches.

2. Mono

Getty – Contributor Mono is a common infection that causes a fever, fatigue and a sore throat

The Epstein-Barr virus, also known as “mono” or the “kissing disease” is a common virus that infects most people at some point in their lives.

Not everyone shows symptoms, but if you do you may experience fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, a rash, sore throat, swollen glands and weakness.

Once you’ve been infected it can take up to four to six weeks before you notice any symptoms and when you do they are normally mild.

The virus is found in saliva, so you can also get it from sharing the same glass, using someone else’s toothbrush or anything else that may have their saliva on it.

It also infects blood and semen, so it can be passed on through unprotected sex.

In rare cases you may develop complications from mono, including an enlarged spleen, hepatitis or jaundice.

It can also cause problems with your heart and nervous system.

3. Gum disease

Getty – Contributor Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on your teeth which can be spread through a kiss

Yep, as gross as it sounds, gingivitis can be passed on through kissing.

Gum disease is a common condition that causes the gums to become swollen, sore or infected.

Most adults in the UK have gum disease to some extent.

It can also cause your gums to bleed when you brush your teeth and leave you with bad breath.

The condition is caused by a build-up of plaque on your teeth – a sticky substance that contains bacteria.

If you don’t remove this plaque in can irritate your gums and lead to gingivitis.

Make an appointment to see your dentist if your gums feel painful or swollen.

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