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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the difference between s. heamolyticus and s. saprophyticus? are they both transmitted the same way? are they both as contagious?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 38 years experience
Skin flora: Staphylococcus haemolyticus and staph saprophyticus are bacteria that live on the skin. When they're found in the urine in a man, it's usually because of contamination from the skin of the penis during the process of peeing into the cup. It's not an infection, not contagious, and nothing to worry about.
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
Close: In terms of urinary tract infection with staph, the so called coagulate negative staph is common. It includes haemolyticus and saprophytics among others. There is not significant difference bet all coag neg staphs in terms of pathogenicity and mode of transmission.
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Last updated Oct 22, 2013


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