Besides being a sign of affection between two people, kissing can also spread viral and infectious diseases. With the help of medication and proper medical attention, these diseases generally only last a few weeks.
A study published by The American Journal of Medicine includes a list of the most common infectious diseases:
- Mononucleosis: A viral infection that is passed through saliva and close contact. Its symptoms include a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, headache and fever.
- Cold sores: These are transmitted through intimate contact or contact with objects that have been exposed to the virus such as towels, eating utensils, etc.
- Group A streptococcus (GAS): While this is not a serious illness, serious complications can occur if it is not taken care of. This bacterium is passed “…through direct contact with the nose or throat secretions of people that have infected skin lesions.”
- Acute cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection: CMV is a member of the herpes virus family. It is transmitted through kissing and through blood transfusions, organ transplants, sexual contact and urine.
- Viral respiratory infections: These are the most common infections. Someone that is in contact with another that is coughing or sneezing frequently or that has a runny nose, should wash their hands before having contact with their nose or mouth in order to prevent transmission.
Kissing is good for your health. It relaxes you, aids your metabolism and is a source of pleasure. Open-mouth kisses increase the flow of saliva which helps improve your oral health.