Your date has gone well so far, the movie was good, the dinner was great, and now it’s time to seal the deal with the lip lock!
You lean forwards for the grand moment – the time for the well-earned kiss – but it turns out bae has started coughing, sneezing and wheezing uncontrollably.
She has bronchitis.
Not knowing how to react, you are dumbstruck and wonder if you should proceed.
“Will I get it if I kiss her?” You wonder.
Thoughts like “is bronchitis contagious?” and “does bronchitis spread through kissing” begin to haunt you.
Does bronchitis spread through kissing? Finally you decide to postpone the idea of kissing. You appease yourself by saying that it is better to be safe than sorry. You do love her, but you do not want to be infected with the germs in her saliva. But does bronchitis really spread through kissing? Or is it just a myth?
Here is everything you need to know about bronchitis so that you don’t act like a complete jerk on the next date.
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. Inflammation can be both viral and bacterial, causing swelling in the air passageways and greatly reducing their overall efficiency.
This inflammation causes intense coughing spells and is accompanied by phlegm and shortness of breath.
So if your date, friends, family or anyone around you is coughing like crazy, it is better to avoid them right?
Bronchitis has two types: chronic and acute. Chronic bronchitis episodes continue for quite a long time, i.e. more than a year, with some days or even weeks of relief. Whereas acute bronchitis is contagious in nature.
Acute bronchitis can continue from anywhere between a week to three weeks. It is usually caused by cold or flu viruses and can be both viral and bacterial in nature. Since these viruses are contagious, it is safe to say that acute bronchitis is contagious .
So if you fall sick after meeting someone who was coughing, it is likely that you caught it from them.
It is better to stay away, well at least for a few days.
Luckily, acute bronchitis is not as serious as chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis is usually temporary and disappears on its own within a few days.
However, the coughing may persist for a longer time. As a person coughs, they are likely to spread the disease through the air. The sputum ejected from the mouth and nose of an infected person contains millions of pathogens which can spread like wildfire.
As far as your love life is concerned, you’ll have to be extremely careful.
Grab a stethoscope and trace your beloved’s medical history. You have to know when their symptoms first appeared.
You might have to ask questions like “when was the first time your symptoms appeared?” or “how much phlegm do you spit when you cough?”
I know,I know these are not the sort of questions you should be asking your beloved , especially if it is your first date.
But hey, we all have the right to go wild.
You might just end up being infected with bronchitis, since it does spread through kissing.