Mono=The Kissing Disease
The herpes virus comes in many forms. Some strains cause oral cold sores, others genital infection, but there is also a variation that is the culprit behind glandular fever, AKA infectious mononucleosis. Mono has long been called the kissing disease and some shows (included the ever-popular sitcom, The Brady Bunch) even included plot lines surrounding the potential transfer of the infamous illness triggered by the Epsteinâ€“Barr virus (a type of herpes) via saliva.
Once infected with the condition, individuals may feel as if they have the flu as symptoms such as fever, sore throat, loss of appetite and fatigue are all potential side effects. In order to prevent the spread of this condition, individuals are encouraged to prevent all sexual contact including during infection.
Gonorrhea of the Mouth and Throat
Once upon a time, the most threatening of STDs was something called 'the clap', a condition that earned its nickname for the way the nasty infection was treated. Now, most people simply refer to the infection by its medical name, gonorrhea. The infection is triggered by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhea, which targets mucus membranes in its path of destruction. In the human body, organs such as the penis, vagina, anus, mouth, eyes and throat all have mucus membranes and therefore are all vulnerable to the bacteria infection.
Some people are unknowingly walking around with gonorrhea as many times the symptoms (which can easily be mistaken for strep throat) lay dormant. Testing is the best way to determine if a person is a carrier or not and once that is determined abstaining from sexual intercourse and oral sex is the only way to effectively block erroneously spreading the disease to an uninfected person.
Individuals suffering from excessive cold sore outbreaks, flu symptoms that won't disappear or other unexplained dental problems or should visit their dentist STAT to determine the cause of the issue. Those who need to find a dentist can call 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 to get the name of a dental care provider that can properly diagnose and treat dental problems caused by the STDs.