The Germy Truth About Kissing

The Germy Truth About Kissing

When we love someone, the best way to show our feelings is by kissing. However, most people do not realize that kissing is one of the best ways to transmit germs. So while you may be showing your love to a person by kissing them, you will also be also be transmitting germs to them. Does this mean that kissing should be avoided?

Beneficial Germs
According to estimates people’s mouths contain more bacteria than the entire population of the world. However, not all bacteria in the mouth and human body are harmful. Majority of them tend to have a give and take relationship with the body and help in synthesizing and metabolizing vitamins and other nutrients.

The bacteria present in the mouth help to break down certain nutrients while the person is chewing. When it comes to kissing, saliva is generated which helps to cleanse the gums and teeth, and when a person kisses another person, the exchange of saliva causes germs to be exchanged. This can help strengthen your immune system.

Harmful Germs
While kissing has its advantages, it also causes harmful germs to be exchanged. This is when infectious bacteria get exchanged and there is a possibility that these bacteria can make a person fall sick.

Bacteria and germs are transmitted through airborne particles when a person sneezes and coughs, touching contaminated surfaces with your fingers and then touching your nose, mouth and eyes and through exchange of saliva and other body fluids.

So if you happen to kiss a person who is sick, the chances of getting infected are very high. Colds, coughs, pertussis, measles, mumps, strep throat and flu can be transmitted through kissing. Mononucleosis, also known as kissing disease, is spread primarily through kissing when the Epstein Barr virus ends up entering the uninfected person’s mouth and body.

Highly Detrimental Germs
While cold, coughs and flu are not that damaging to the body, there are some viruses and bacteria that have the ability to cause severe infections and diseases. These viruses and bacteria can spread via kissing. The herpes virus responsible for chickenpox and cold sores can be spread through kissing. The virus that causes hepatitis B is usually spread through contaminated blood. But it can also spread through kissing if the uninfected person has an open wound or sore in the mouth. Warts in the mouth and around the lips can occur due to kissing an infected person.

Should You Stop Kissing?
A person may wonder whether it is wise to stop kissing, as the risk of infection is high. However, there is no need to stop kissing. But you should not kiss a person, who is sick, and has cold sores, warts and ulcers. Also, make sure that you get immunized for diseases, hepatitis B and chicken, and maintain good personal hygiene.

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