“Kissing is a form of direct contagion of diseases, since millions of viruses and bacteria are present in the saliva of each individual and some of them may be sick. Therefore, before starting your business, give preference to the caution and prevention”, explains Mauro Macêdo, master in dentistry and member of the Brazilian Academy of Dentistry.
Among the dozens of diseases that can be transmitted by kissing, the specialist highlights cavities, sexually transmitted infections, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, HPV, respiratory diseases, flu, colds, influenza, diseases of the digestive tract and covid-19.
Caries, Mauro points out, is a multifactorial infectious disease caused primarily by microorganisms that can be transmitted orally.
Contamination by Epstein-Bar, the virus responsible for mononucleosis, also called “kissing disease”, happens in the same way. The disease may be asymptomatic or confused with other common winter respiratory illnesses. According to the specialist, among the symptoms are: prolonged fever, body aches, lumps in the neck and tonsillitis and there is no treatment.
Once infected, a person can have the virus in their body forever, and under special circumstances it can still be transmitted.
According to Mauro, a single contaminated kiss is enough to contract a new disease for his entire life. “There is no such thing as a 100% safe kiss. Therefore, be attentive to clinical signs such as: blisters, mouth sores, warts, throat secretion, bad breath, cough and shortness of breath,” he concludes.
With information from Istoé
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