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Can a person get cross-contaminated from gluten from kissing?

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Created October 21, 2011 at 2:56 AM

I hope I don't sound paranoid but just always wondered. If in a couple somebody eats gluten cross-contaminated food and kisses the other person, and the other person has celiac like sensitivity to gluten would that cause a response?

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19479 · October 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

They probably shouldn't wash them down with milk either, being that they lack lactase and all ;)

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6229 · October 31, 2011 at 2:35 AM

But cats shouldn't be eating cookies?! :( Poor cat.

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6229 · October 22, 2011 at 9:58 PM

LOL! Yikes! I'm glad I asked this question. I've unintentionally been cross-contaminating my husband on occasion!

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39841 · October 21, 2011 at 4:11 AM

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11099 · October 21, 2011 at 4:20 AM

Seriously, yes, if the person is very sensitive. I know a boy who is so intolerant to gluten that he had his full range of symptoms come on just from shaking someone's hand who'd just been kneading dough, and hadn't yet washed his hands. My daughter is very sensitive, and I don't allow gluten in my house, but she's around it in the world, of course.

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2889 · October 21, 2011 at 3:47 AM

Probably. Especially if you kissed a girl. They have cooties, ya know. Be careful. Use a dental dam next time.

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1457 · October 21, 2011 at 3:29 AM

N = 1 + 1 ?

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4347 · October 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Yes. It's happened to me. My husband is paleo now, but in the past I've asked him to brush his teeth after eating gluten-filled stuff. It's not worth the risk.

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3717 · October 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Yet another reason to fear the 'stache.

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19479 · October 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

What if you kissed a cat that just ate glutenous cookies AND has a flavor saving mustache?

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19479 · October 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

They probably shouldn't wash them down with milk either, being that they lack lactase and all ;)

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6229 · October 31, 2011 at 2:35 AM

But cats shouldn't be eating cookies?! :( Poor cat.

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11152 · October 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM

It can happen with people with severe peanut allergies. There have been stories of young couples, where one of them had remnants of peanuts in their teeth and kissed their SO, resulting in SO going into anaphylactic shock.

Girl dies in peanut butter kiss

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371 · October 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Can be very serious, for those who are most sensitive. Here's a good blog post on the subject.

I've often heard in the allergy community brushing teeth is not good enough; it takes many hours (up to 8) for the allergen to go away.

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41442 · October 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

If you're wheat-sensitive and want to make-out, wait for them to swallow the bite of sandwich before going at it. Also, don't lick crumbs off their lips.

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4258 · October 21, 2011 at 4:37 AM

I'm celiac, and this has been an issue for me in the past. It depends on your level of sensitivity, honestly, but in my opinion not worth the risk. If the person wants to kiss you that much, have them rinse their mouth and lips first. Believe me, it's better in the long run.

Or, you know, find a paleo mate :-)

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7275 · December 16, 2011 at 2:59 AM

I think what you're asking is if two people are paleo or otherwise gluten-free, and one is sensitive to trace amounts of gluten, if the other eats a food with trace amounts of gluten, can a kiss cause a reaction in the sensitive one. That's a really good question and I'd love to know what others have experienced. People here and on celiac boards have reported that kissing someone who ate gluten is enough to get glutened, but at what point is the amount of gluten low enough? (It also depends on the type of kiss.)

Like gluten sensitivity itself, it might just be something that needs to be determined on an individual level. A couple dozen ppm can be enough to cause a reaction in some people.

But you need to worry about more than kissing, too. A 2007 case study showed that nut allergens can be transmitted even through semen. Scientopia has a good writeup about it.

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213 · October 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM

It probably could, depending on the severity of the allergy. I know for nuts it's huge, even smell can trigger a reaction.

Although it makes you wonder about all the other SAD stuff that girl/guy was eating before you guys sucked face. Soy sauce saliva? No thank you!

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