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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:34 am 
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Reaction-spurring allergens can linger for hours in a partner's mouth, experts note

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In fact, allergens can linger in a partner's saliva up to a full day following ingestion, irrespective of toothbrushing or other interventions, according to Dr. Sami Bahna, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), which is holding its annual meeting this week in Phoenix.

Allergic reactions from kissing are relatively uncommon, but they do occur.

"We're talking about those few whose immune system can react vigorously to a minute amount of allergen," noted Bahna, who also serves as chief of allergy and immunology at Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport. "For these people, yes, a very little quantity of food or medicine on the lips or the mouth or the saliva can cause a problem. And for these people we're not just talking about a passionate kiss. Even a non-passionate kiss on the cheek or the forehead can cause a severe reaction to this kind of extremely sensitive allergic individual."


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