“Allergens can survive long in one’s saliva, although he had undergone a process of digestion, brushing teeth or other interventions. Although allergic reactions are relatively rare due to the kiss, but this could have happened,” said Dr. Sami Bahna, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), as quoted from HealthDay, Monday (11/15/2010).
Bahna said that this happens in people with immune systems that can react strongly to allergens. In these people the very small number of allergens from food or medicine that is on the lips, mouth or saliva can cause problems.
“We’re not just talking about a passionate kiss, because non-passionate kiss as the cheeks or forehead can cause severe reactions in people who are very sensitive to allergies,” he said.
Allergic reactions that occur in general is a form of lip swelling, throat pain and swelling, rashes, hives and wheezing after physical contact with their partner. This condition can occur within a matter of minutes or several hours later.
ACAAI recorded kiss was not the only form of romantic activity that can trigger allergic reactions in people who are very sensitive. Because some other romantic activities can also be a trigger, such as chemical compounds that exist in sperm, content in the liquid lubricant and latex or rubber material on the condom.
Bahna recommend for people who have a spouse with high sensitivity should avoid any food or drug allergy triggers for 16-24 hours before having sex. Also try to brush your teeth and rinsing the mouth that is expected to reduce the risk.
The experts said that to prevent any allergic reactions associated with romantic activities such as kissing or sexual intercourse, the most important thing required is honesty and proactive than yourself.
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