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What is kissing disease if so what cause it?

What is kissing disease if so what cause it?

Lay term: Kissing disease is a common lay term applied to EB virus (mononucleosis).The label evolved from it's tendency to strike adolescents with a transient disabling illness & is easily passed in saliva. Many get a mild case in childhood from saliva contaminated objects & are immune.It is one of thousands of illnesses that can be passed this way but the association with teens and kissing is urban legend. ...Read more

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I thought mono, the kissing disease is harmless. Is it?

I thought mono, the kissing disease is harmless.  Is it?

Not exactly harmless: Mononucleosis is a viral infection and generally not considered a serious infection. However, mononucleosis can cause an enlarged spleen, which is at greater risk for rupture and hemorrhage. Thus we recommend avoiding all contact sports when one has been diagnosed with mononucleosis. ...Read more

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Infectious mononucleosis = kissing disease?

Infectious mononucleosis = kissing disease?

Kissing: Epstein barr virus the cause of mononucleosis is spread by kissing. Once you are infected you shead virus in your saliva for 18 months, long after you've recovered. ...Read more

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Can you get mono or kissing disease from someone who's clean and doesn't have it? Just wondering

Can you get mono or kissing disease from someone who's clean and doesn't have it? Just wondering

Mononucleosis: Mononucleosis is incredibly common and exceptionally easily transmitted from person to person regardless of whether or not they appear "clean" and asymptomatic. Thus, any time you have mouth to mouth contact with another person you have a significant opportunity to contract mononucleosis as well as many other orally/mucosal surface transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Can you get the kissing disease from someone you've been kissing for over two months and doesn't have the disease or virus and is a clean person?

Can you get the kissing disease from someone you've been kissing for over two months and doesn't have the disease or virus and is a clean person?

Mono: Is contagious only if the person you come in contact with( kiss). Has the disease. So if the person you know is healthy. You will not get sick. So kissing does not cause the disease ...Read more

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Is strep throat considered a kissing disease?

Is strep throat considered a kissing disease?

Yes: Historically, Infectious mononucleosis has been referred to as the kissing disease as mainly teenagers and college age children were affected and transmission is through saliva by either kissing or sharing beverages. Strep is a contagious infection and also transmitted by sharing germs either by kissing, sharing drinks, or close contact. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of mono or also known as the "kissing disease" ?

How long does it take to get rid of mono or also known as the "kissing disease" ?

2-6 weeks: Depend on severity and signs. Splenomegaly and some nodes may persist a bit longer. Many symptoms are clear by 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you get mononucleosis aka kissing disease from doing hookah?

Can you get mononucleosis aka kissing disease from doing hookah?

Hookah: Smoking hookah is a revered tradition for some. However, it is also a very serious health risk. If the same mouthpiece is used, you could potentially transmit infection, such as mononucleosis. However, the more important thing to realize is that you can develop mouth cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, and other diseases from smoking. Please don't smoke anything. http://tinyurl.com/3grz62u ...Read more

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Is kissing (getting thier saliva) a person with mononucleosis the only way to get the disease ?

Is kissing (getting thier saliva) a person with mononucleosis the only way to get the disease ?

Sort of: Epstein bar virus, which causes mono is spread from saliva but kissing is hardly the only way to share saliva, though kissing may be the way to share that is the most fun. Sharing food, glasses, silverware, etc are all ways to share saliva and as such to spread the virus. ...Read more

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Can you get mononucleosis as a child even if you haven't kissed a teenager?

Can you get mononucleosis as a child even if you haven't kissed a teenager?

Yes: Mononucleosis is caused by a virus and also transmitted by sharing drinks and close contact at any age. ...Read more

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If my boyfriend and i were both diagnosed with mononucleosis; is it okay for us to kiss or do we risk prolonging the illness for one another?

If my boyfriend and i were both diagnosed with mononucleosis; is it okay for us to kiss or do we risk prolonging the illness for one another?

OK to smooch: Most likely you share the same virus, so as your immune system develops antibodies to the virus, it does not matter if you get repeatedly exposed to small of amount of virus from your partner. The length of your illness will not be affected. I hope you both feel better soon. ...Read more

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Why is mononucleosis considered to be a viral disease?

EBV: Because it's caused by a virus: epstein-barr virus (ebv). ...Read more

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Why is mononucleosis considered mostly a viral disease?

Why is mononucleosis considered mostly a viral disease?

Mononucleosis def.: Mononucleosis is caused by Epstein Barr Virus, one of the most common human viral infections. Mononucleosis is not caused by bacteria, fungii or parasites so by definition is COMPLETELY a viral disease. ...Read more

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Can mononucleosis cause other diseases or conditions?

Can mononucleosis cause other diseases or conditions?

Mimic: Mono can mimic other diseases and vice versa. If you have mono, make sure you are followed closely by your MD. ...Read more

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Almost died from mononucleosis very young. Could that have caused me to be more likely to develop Crohn's disease in my family?

Mono & Crohn's: Although the two diseases share a simllar lymphoid hyperplasia, there is not much in the medical literature that links these together. Certainly there is no causative link that has been proven at this point. ...Read more

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Does mononucleosis ever become non-contagious over the course of the disease? Will be exposed to a child with it for over 1 year later today.?

Does mononucleosis ever become non-contagious over the course of the disease?  Will be exposed to a child with it for over 1 year later today.?

Mono: Mono is very variable in its presentation. Most people would not be contagious after they recover. I would not worry.. In addition, most adults had mono growing up and did not realize it, so there is little to no chance you would be exposed. ...Read more

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Could you get any diseases from kissing someone?

Kissing Disease: Many. But mononucleosis is called the "kissing disease". ...Read more

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Could you pick up a disease from kissing someone?

Could you pick up a disease from kissing someone?

Yes: Infectious mononucleosis, syphilis, CMV, gonorrhea, fever blisters, the common cold, a few others. In my opinion, kissing somebody who's special is worth the risks. ...Read more

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What diseases can be spread by french kissing?

What diseases can be spread by french kissing?

Lots: Many illness that is circulating in your blood may be passed through the sharing of deep salivary secretions. Some are suppressed by salivary enzymes, but consider flu, intestinal viruses, upper airway viruses, strep A , mono, all an easy pass.In not immune, chickenpox,measles, rubella,mumps, diphtheria, whooping cough & more. ...Read more