Can Asthma Be Transmitted Through Kissing?

Can Asthma Be Transmitted Through Kissing

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by bronchial hyper reactivity and a variable degree of airway obstruction. It is diagnosed on the basis of the clinical history, physical examination, and pulmonary function tests, including reversibility testing and measurement of bronchial reactivity. Airway obstruction in bronchial asthma is mainly caused by the following four mechanisms namely; contraction of bronchial smooth muscle, edema of the airway walls, mucous plugging of the bronchioles, and irreversible changes in the lungs (“remodeling”). A genetic predisposition toward the production of IgE antibodies in response to (for example) pollen, house dust mites, fungi, or animal-derived proteins, is the most important risk factor for bronchial asthma. Read: All About Asthma

Kissing on the other hand is the touching or pressing of your lips against the lips of another person or an object. Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. Depending on the culture and context, a kiss often express sentiments of love, passion, romance, sexual attraction, sexual activity, sexual arousal, affection, respect, greeting, friendship, peace, and good luck, among many others. In some circumstance, a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect, or sacrament.

Can Asthma Be Sexually Transmitted By Activities Such As Kissing?

Sexually transmitted disease are infections that are transmitted from one infected person to another through vaginal, anal or oral sex or through close intimate sexual contact such as kissing, smooching or other forms of sexual engagement. Asthma is not a sexually transmitted disease, it is caused by exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste. Your partner cannot get asthma by having sex with you.

However, sexual activity including kissing can sometimes be an asthma trigger, just like any exercise. A study on the influence of age and sex on asthma admissions published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that adult females are more severely affected by asthma and raise the possibility that hormonal or biochemical differences related to sex may play a role in the pathophysiology of asthma. Several researches have identified sex as a factor that is greatly affected by asthma and sexual intercourse had been enlisted among the top ten activities affected by respiratory distress (asthma attack). A recent study reported that 1 out of 100 asthmatics in America asks their doctor about the safety level of engaging to sex and around 65% of asthmatics reported that their sexual needs are partially met while 35% stated that they evaded sex after being diagnosed of bronchial asthma.

What should I do if I have an asthma attack while kissing or having sex?

The most important thing in such situations is not to panic. Treat it like any other asthma attack:


Step 1: Sit up straight.


Step 2: Take one puff of your reliever inhaler every 30-60 seconds. If you don’t feel better after 10 puffs, call 999 or your country’s emergency service line


The good news here is that with good management of your symptoms, your sex life will not be affected by asthma.



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