Growing up mom always warned you about contracting “cooties” from your crushes… turns out she wasn’t totally wrong! Studies show we’re exposed to more than 80 million bacteria in just one 10-second kiss!
Keep your teens safe by warning them of these 25 diseases they can catch from kissing.
Symptoms: Fatigue, fever, chills, malaise, body aches, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and swollen tonsils.
What it is: Mono is nicknamed the “kissing disease” for a reason–the infection is spread through mucus of infected people. Kissing, sharing straws, sharing food from the same plate all can cause the disease to spread.
Symptoms: Pain in the abdomen, muscle soreness, pelvic pain, chills, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, and trouble swallowing.
What it is: A viral infection that affects the salivary glands. Although most people are vaccinated, an infection may still occur.