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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

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How would prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease?

How would prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease?

Hand washing: Hand foot and mouth is spread by coughing, sneezing and saliva. The best way to prevent spread to others is to wash hands frequently and avoid contact with sick persons. Toys, contaminated with saliva need to be cleaned. Children with fever and mouth sores should be excluded from daycare. 24 hours after the fever is gone it is reasonable to allow the child back into daycare. ...Read more

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Hpv is spread through contact so can you have HPV on your hands and in your mouth?

Hpv is spread through contact so can you have HPV on your hands and in your mouth?

Different strains: The hpv that causes warts on skin are a different strain than what causes hpv in the mouth. Like humans are made up of many different strains, with different skin, eye and hair color, different shapes. So you can have warts on your hands and hpv in your mouth, but they aren't likely spread from one to the other. ...Read more

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Can hand foot and mouth disease spread to the chest?

Can hand foot and mouth disease spread to the chest?

Typically no: The cdc web site indicates that the rash can occur on elbows, knees, and buttocks, as well as the usual palms of hands and soles of feet. ...Read more

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I have an oral cavity/small cut in my mouth and my cut crosses with that; could the disease pass through cuts/sores?

I have an oral cavity/small cut in my mouth and my cut crosses with that; could the disease pass through cuts/sores?

Yes: Any cut can get infected. Oral tissues are pretty resilient, however. Would be good idea to have your dentist take a look. ...Read more

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Just had some doubts about how hiv is spread.......can it be spread through unknown particles in the air if they go in the mouth??

Just had some doubts about how hiv is spread.......can it be spread through unknown particles in the air if they go in the mouth??

No: Need to be blood-to-blood transmission. (in sexual encounters, minute hemorrhage in the sexual organs from the friction is how HIV enters the blood stream) ...Read more

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Can herpes spread through your body like could I have it on my private area and the next time it be on my neck or mouth?

Can herpes spread through your body like could I have it on my private area and the next time it be on my neck or mouth?

Yes: Herpes is a virus that can be transmitted from an active lesion to another location by sexual transmission, touching or kissing. Hand washing can minimize self inoculation. ...Read more

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If you have gum disease on one tooth or one area of the mouth, does the disease spread to other teeth?

If you have gum disease on one tooth or one area of the mouth, does the disease spread to other teeth?

Seek treatment ASAP: The bacteria infection can spread through your mouth, enter the blood stream and affect other parts of the body. If you have have gum disease, you should seek treatment ASAP. ...Read more

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How can genital herpes 1 be spread? (mouth herpes on genitals) through oral? Sex? And does it cause pain in thighs at all? Or give prickly sensations?

How can genital herpes 1 be spread? (mouth herpes on genitals) through oral? Sex? And does it cause pain in thighs at all? Or give prickly sensations?

Genital or oral sex: Genital herpes due to HSV1 is not commonly spread at all, a lot less than HSV2. Outbreaks and asymptomatic viral shedding are infrequent. But transmission is possible by intercourse (genital to genital) or oral sex (genital to mouth). GH doesn't cause leg pain or give "prickly sensations" -- maybe rarely just before an outbreak, but never the only symptom and never lasting more than 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Can HPV be spread through indirect contact? For example, if my finger touches a genital wart and I lick my finger with my tongue, can I get mouth wart

No risk: This is one of at least 3 questions you have asked about HPV, all of them suggesting you are unnecessarily worried about catching it. You are at risk of HPV only by sex with infected partners. Nobody can say the risk is zero with this sort of contact, but it is far too low to worry about. If you are sexually active, even with only one partner, that's how you'll get HPV someday. No other way. ...Read more

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Red bumps on my vulva now look like canker sores that I get in my mouth. Can canker sores spread to your genitals? What is it? Std? Behcet's disease?

Red bumps on my vulva now look like canker sores that I get in my mouth. Can canker sores spread to your genitals? What is it? Std? Behcet's disease?

Herpes or Behcet's: Genital ulcers can be caused by the herpes virus or one of several other sexually transmitted infections. In the us, herpes is the most common and can infect both the mouth and genitals. Behcet's disease can also cause oral and genital ulcers. You should be seen by a physician or an std clinic. ...Read more

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Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can?

Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can?

That's the nature...: "That's the nature of the beast, " as people say. It is just that way. Different germs have different ways of getting you. It depends on things like how well a germ survives in certain parts of one's body, how well they multiply there, how many there are, and then traits like how infectious or how contagious they are, how well our immune defenses are in various bodily parts, etc... ...Read more

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Can you get diseases from saliva? Should I wear gloves when I give oral drug tests at my work?

Can you get diseases from saliva? Should I wear gloves when I give oral drug tests at my work?

Yes and yes: Yes there are many diseases and illnesses that can be passed via saliva. It is standard of practice to wash hands and wear gloves in medical field especially when interacting with mucous membranes. ...Read more

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Can aids be transmitted through saliva?

Can aids be transmitted through saliva?

Extremely Unlikely: To my knowledge no cases have been reported of that yet and I don't think it will. ...Read more

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Can I get bloodborne diseases from saliva?

Maybe...: If the infected saliva somehow gets into your blood stream. That's how rabies, amongst other diseases are spread. ...Read more

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Can impetigo be carried out through saliva?

Can impetigo be carried out through saliva?

Impetigo is caused: By 2 bacteria, most often "staph", occasionally "strep." it's often on the face, around or in the nose of toddlers ; spreads by contact with the infected sores or nasal discharge or by kids' scratching a lesion, then touching an area of broken skin. It's not really saliva-spread, but kissing a tot with nasal lesions ; a drippy nose isn't a good idea, especially if you have cracked lips/skin. ...Read more

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Can malaria be transmitted from person to person through saliva?

Can malaria be transmitted from person to person through saliva?

Not person to person: Mosquitoes can carry a Plasmodium parasite which is transmitted from their saliva into a human's blood through a bite to cause Malaria. A Female Anopheles mosquitoes is often the culprit. ...Read more

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Can HPV be transmitted through saliva?

Can HPV be transmitted through saliva?

HPV and Saliva: Yes. But, remember that most of us are infected with a strain of hpv by age 26.

This will be an interesting story to follow as medicine learns more about hpv; finds more and better tests to predict the cancers this virus can cause.

And, now that there is the gardisil vaccine all at risk (all young adults) should get vaccinated. ...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