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Doctor insights on: Communicable Diseases That Are Spread Through Saliva

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can heliobacter be spread through saliva on lips?

Can heliobacter be spread through saliva on lips?

It can: ...H. Pylori transmits from person to person and some of the transmission is probably oral-oral. ...Read more

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Can STDs be spread through saliva?

Can STDs be spread through saliva?

STDs: Yes. Herpes, hpv and syphilis. Possible, but less likely, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Remember there are twelve common stds. It is worth the few minutes it takes to learn them and how to prevent them. ...Read more

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Can pink eye be spread through your saliva?

Prob not: That's a good question. My answer is probably not. Unless a tear contaminated your saliva and was transferred immediately. My guess is, it wouldn't survive too long in the saliva due to all the enzymes that are there. ...Read more

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Can a stomach bacteria be spread through saliva on lips?

Yes: Bacteria are plentiful throughout the gastro-intestinal tract the GI tract begins at the lips of the mouth and ends at the anus.
Some of the 'normal flora' of the GI tract can be found throughout the system, some of the bacteria are more regional due to other factors...Ph, oxygen concentration, etc. ...Read more

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Concern about diseases transmitted through mouth, saliva, and/or tongue?

Concern about diseases transmitted through mouth, saliva, and/or tongue?

Yes: Many diseases can be transmitted by the oral cavity including the bacteria involved with gum disease and in the case of newborns the bacteria involved with tooth decay. Even those who are coughing near to you could be a risk of transmission. Your concern is valid. ...Read more

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Just found out I have trichomonas. Should I test my children? Can it be spread through saliva? Does it cause sores in the mouth?

Just found out I have trichomonas. Should I test my children? Can it be spread through saliva? Does it cause sores in the mouth?

Transmit by sex: Trichomoniasis is transmitted by sexual contact. You do not need to test your children and it is not transmitted via saliva. It does not cause sores in the mouth. Any sexual partners you have need to be treated. Get tested for other STDs as well. ...Read more

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Can creutzfeldt jakob disease be transmitted through saliva? Do spouses catch it?

Can creutzfeldt jakob disease be transmitted through saliva? Do spouses catch it?

No: Cjd also known as mad cow disease is considered a prion disease. Prions are a type of infectious protein. Also, cjd has a very long incubation period (50 years) so it is difficult to study. It is believed that it is spread through ingestion of infected protein mainly beef organs. So far studies suggest that it is not transmitted via blood or saliva. ...Read more

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Is MRSA spread through saliva after treatment? Mom said not to share food with friend that had it in 2012, she works in medical, & says I will get it.

Not a risk: There should not be a risk of illness for contact with someone who was treated for MRSA in past, if they are not showing signs of illness now.
The bacteria in mrsa, "staph" is usually spread by skin to skin contact, especially with a wound or other infected area. ...Read more

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My son drank out of another player's water bottle at hockey tonight on accident. Just read that meningitis is spread through saliva and freaking out!

My son drank out of another player's water bottle at hockey tonight on accident. Just read that meningitis is spread through saliva and freaking out!

Be observant: Kids sharing drinks, happens millions of times a week. Kids sharing meningitis, happens rarely. Pay attention as you would any day, but he is more likely to get hurt in an auto accident this year than have this event turn into meningitis. ...Read more

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Do std's spread through oral contact/saliva (no direct sexual contact)?

Do std's spread through oral contact/saliva (no direct sexual contact)?

Sometimes: If the infecting organism gets to the mouth by contact with an infected area one one person, another person could get the infection by kissing, but if is unusual. ...Read more

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Can norovirus be spread through saliva? How long are you contagious after vomiting stops?

Can norovirus be spread through saliva? How long are you contagious after vomiting stops?

See below: Norovirus is mainly spread by fecal-oral route. The virus is shed in stool and also by airborne droplets of vomitus. You contract the virus by eating contaminated food or drink, by touching a surface that's been contaminated or by exposure to the vomitus. If a person recently vomited, saliva would transmit the virus. You are mostly contagious during the acute illness and for several days after. ...Read more

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Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Not a concern: In general. You probably will not want to be around others too much anyway feeling like you do. Be aggressive seeing your GI doc and treating the issue. ...Read more

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I think I may have accidentally drank from the wrong water bottles what types of diseases can be transmitted through saliva (e.g. HiV or HBV)?

I think I may have accidentally drank from the wrong water bottles what types of diseases can be transmitted through saliva (e.g. HiV or HBV)?

No risk, no worries: These infections are not transmitted by saliva and nobody ever gets HIV or HBV by sharing water bottles, glasses, utensils, or by kissing. This might risk colds, influenza, etc, but not blood borne infections. In fact, saliva kills HIV. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can MRSA be spread through saliva? My infant daughter has it and she drools a lot from teething. Also what is the incubation period for MRSA? How long

Can MRSA be spread through saliva? My infant daughter has it and she drools a lot from teething. Also what is the incubation period for MRSA? How long

MRSA: MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus) can be spread via saliva as well as other body fluids. You would be at additional risk for infection if breaks in your skin come in contact with your daughter's saliva. Incubation period for MRSA is one to ten days after entering skin breaks or damaged mucus membranes such as nose or mouth. Key to carefully wash hands after coming in contact w her saliva. ...Read more

Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more