25 Diseases You Can Get From Sharing A Kiss!
By Laura CostelloLife
eventJune 15, 2016
Growing up mom always warned you about contracting "cooties" from your crushes... turns out she wasn't totally wrong! Studies show we're exposed to more than 80 million bacteria in just one 10-second kiss! Keep your teens safe by warning them of these 25 diseases they can catch from kissing.NEXT »
Symptoms: Fatigue, fever, chills, malaise, body aches, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and swollen tonsils.
What it is: Mono is nicknamed the "kissing disease" for a reason--the infection is spread through mucus of infected people. Kissing, sharing straws, sharing food from the same plate all can cause the disease to spread.
Symptoms: Pain in the abdomen, muscle soreness, pelvic pain, chills, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, and trouble swallowing.
What it is: A viral infection that affects the salivary glands. Although most people are vaccinated, an infection may still occur.
Symptoms: Fever, malaise, enlarged lymph nodes, eye redness, headache, and a red rash. Symptoms can occur up to three weeks after exposure.
What it is: A contagious viral infection that causes a red rash.
Streptococcus (Strep Throat)
Symptoms: Trouble swallowing, fever, chills, malaise, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, and bad breath. In intense cases, the heart or kidneys may be affected.
What it is: Direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat of an infected person will spread this infection to a new person.
Symptoms: Fever, fatigue, muscle aches. In severe cases seizures, pneumonia, brain swelling and eye problems can occur.
What it is: This member of the herpes family is spread through saliva, blood, urine, semen, and breast milk. If left untreated the disease causes a weakened immune system.
Symptoms: Muscle pain, chills, dehydration, fever, flushing, loss of appetite, and congestion.
What it is: A viral infection that can be deadly for children and the elderly.
Symptoms: Sore lips, tingling lips, ulcers, rashes, and redness near the mouth.
What it is: Cold sores are caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus around the mouth.
The Common Cold
Symptoms: Congestion, runny nose, loss of smell, redness, chills, fever, and fatigue.
What it is: A common viral infection that affects the nose and throat, usually lasting two to three days.
Symptoms: Pain swallowing, fatigue, fever, chills, malaise, and body ache.
What it is: This infection of the Epstein-Barr virus can lead to mononucleosis and remain dormant in the infected person's body for life.
Symptoms: Bad breath, toothache, bright red gums, receding gums, tender gums.
What it is: This serious gum infection can cause permanent damage and lead to jawbone decay.
Symptoms: Red, painful, itchy sores.
What it is: This sexually-transmitted infection causes painful sores are the affected area.
Symptoms: Back and muscle pain, fever, chills, fatigue, loss of appetite, blotchy red rashes.
What it is: An inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membrane.
Symptoms: There are no clear symptoms at first, however, once a person is sickened they may develop debilitating paralysis.
What it is: A virus that may cause paralysis if left untreated. Polio is preventable if your child has been vaccinated.
Symptoms: Mild fever and a red rash are common symptoms for children. Pregnant women are at an increased risk of having children with birth defects.
What it is: Rubella virus causes German measles. The virus itself is spread similar to German measles--via mucus from an infected person's cough, sneeze, or kiss. This virus is preventable with vaccination.
Symptoms: Pain in the abdomen, fatigue, loss of appetite, yellowing of skin and eyes.
What it is: A serious liver infection that can lead to poor function if left untreated or unvaccinated.
Symptoms: Small growths on the skin, skin thickness.
What it is: Small, fleshy bumps on the skin caused by human papillomavirus or contact with an infected person.
Symptoms: Pain in affected tooth.
What it is: Cavities can cause permanent holes and damage to teeth.
Symptoms: Fever, chills, nausea, bruise-like areas, rash, sensitivity to light, headaches, stiff neck.
What it is: A bacterial infection that results in swelling and an irritation of the brain and spinal cords.
Symptoms: Fever, malaise, rash, and small blisters.
What it is: This virus can lead to Hand, Foot and Mouth disease if left untreated. Blisters can be painful and lead to permanent scarring once healed.
Symptoms: A sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and weakness.
What it is: This infection of the nose and throat causes a sheet of thick, gray matter to cover the back of the throat, making breathing difficult.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Symptoms: Fever, sore throat, loss of appetite, fatigue, and a red spotty rash.
What it is: This disease is common in children and causes sores in the mouth and a red rash on the hands and feet.
Symptoms: Sore lips, tingling lips, ulcers.
What it is: Fever blisters are similar to cold sores and are caused by contact with a person who has herpes.
Symptoms: Itchy red bumps, fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.
What it is: Also called Varicella, the viral infection causes itchy, blister-like rashes on the skin.
Symptoms: Pain in the abdomen, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, persistent diarrhea, ulcers on the tongue, rash.
What it is: Human immunodeficiency virus is rarely spread by kissing--more often it is spread through contact with blood, semen or vaginal fluids. It affects the body's ability to fight infections.
Symptoms: Pain in the abdomen, bleeding, bloating, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, yellowing of eyes and skin.
What it is: An infection caused by contact with contaminated blood--you would need to kiss a person who is bleeding from their lip in order to contract the disease