We cherish the ones we love, and their kisses can make our day. Whether it’s a quick peck on the lips or a PG-13 kiss between lovers, a kiss can make you feel like a million bucks. It can also transmit 80 million bacteria. If you’re wondering how you got sick, kissing might be the reason. The following are 10 illnesses you can get just by kissing someone.
10. Mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr Virus)
There’s a reason why mononucleosis is known as the “kissing disease”. It’s spread through saliva, sharing drinks, eating utensils, and kissing. Mononucleosis is most common in people ages 15 to 30 years old, the prime age of socializing and dating.
Mononucleosis lasts for one to two months and can cause flu-like symptoms like severe fatigue, intense sore throat, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Although over-the-counter medication can help alleviate the symptoms, there is no cure. The disease must run through its course, with bed rest and fluids for the person infected.
A person can spread the flu before symptoms begin to appear. Afterward, they can continue to infect others until seven days after symptoms start. The flu causes intense fatigue, coughing, fever, and body aches, usually making a person so tired they have to stay in bed. Although the flu lasts for a week or two, it’s never a pleasant experience. It’s best to avoid getting the flu altogether, so make sure to receive a yearly flu vaccine instead.