12. February 2018
Food Allergies: What You Need to Know About Kissing

People who are allergic to certain foods take care to avoid them. But allergic reactions can also occur upon contact with other people who have eaten these foods.

Allergens remain in the saliva

Food allergens remain in the saliva for several hours after eating and can be unknowingly transferred while kissing. Even a kiss on the cheek can sometimes be enough to trigger skin irritations, itching and circulatory problems. In the worst case, anaphylaxis can occur.

Avoid the risks

If you want to get close to someone despite having a food allergy, here are some tips:

  • Talk about your food allergy
  • The other person should avoid the food in question 24 hours beforehand (just brushing teeth doesn’t always work!)
  • If you have any doubts, don’t kiss
  • Keep your emergency kit and allergy passport on hand