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Can you get mrsa from kissing

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Antibiotics: MRSA is treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or clindamycin. C-diff is treated with Flagyl or vancomycin. Both are spread by dir... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Feola
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
R/O MRSA: MRSA IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE TYPE OF SKIN INFECTION. If he has it he is very sick right now and on very strong oral or IV ABS. IF THAT IS THE CASE, YOU N... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 60 years experience
Skin infection: You should be okay as long as you are on antibiotics and you wash your hands with soap
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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39 years experience
Yes: Clinda does not cure you from MRSA.....but you can kiss in lips only.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
It's not like that: MRSA is a name for a group of bacteria. It is not a diagnosis. It is very common to culture this from perfectly normal people, especially from skin an... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
WHERE: is his infection? If it's his nose/thoat.....the answer is NO! Wait until he is treated and has a negative culture! Hope this helps! Dr Z
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Maybe: If you are kissing a person who has a boil, cellulitis, pustule, or impetigo that is caused by MRSA on their face, they yes, you could potentially cat... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
Details matter: MRSA is a group of bacteria, not a diagnosis. Many people carry it in the nose or on the skin with no symptoms. They are colonized. If you culture you... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 32 years experience
Not really unless: You are giving butterfly kisses.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Turner
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Maybe maybe not: Mrsa is methicillin resistant staph aureus that in the community form tends to cause skin infections and abscesses. You are at risk in contracting MR... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Yes: Many people have one or another strain of MRSA on their skin without it doing the slightest harm. Shower a few times a day, perhaps with an anti-bacte... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Yes: Just not on the lesion. Keep your hands away from it and otherwise do as your physician instructed. I trust you were treated appropriately. Good luck.
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