The Kissing Disease

Be Careful, Kissing Can Cause Disease!   

Who doesn’t like to kiss and be kissed? (Sigh)… kissing is the language of two souls expressing their love. However, when it comes to kissing, one must bear in mind that there is the “kissing” or “mononucleosis” disease. Mononucleosis is a viral infection produced by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is a strain of the herpes virus that causes fever, sore throat, and inflammation of the lymph nodes. Most often it occurs among young people ranging from the ages 15 to 35 years old. However, this disease can develop at any age.

Symptoms that you can not neglect…

Symptoms of mononucleosis appear between 4 to 7 weeks after exposure to the virus. The known symptoms are fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches, and slight alterations of the liver and spleen. Other less frequent signs are: chest pain, cough, headache, skin rash, jaundice, and difficulty breathing.

Kissing risks:

  1. Viral infections like influenza and herpes simplex. 2. bacterial infections: tonsillitis. 3. Infections of the gums: gingivitis 4. Hepatitis B. These are some of the diseases that can arise at the moment of contact with an infected person.

Prevention is the way!

– Avoid sharing glasses or bottles – they operate as agents of contagions.

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It has been established that even if there is direct contact with many germs in a kiss, the immune system of each person is key to avoid these kinds of infections. As in this case, the important thing is prevention. It’s best to keep a regular sexual partner and maximize hygiene measures.