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A 50-year-old member asked:

Can you get a staph infection from having a massage?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: If the masseuse's hands were unclean, any oils or lotions were contaminated, the table was not cleaned properly, or the masseuse had a skin infection on his/her hands or arms, one could get a skin infection like staphylococcus.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 37 years experience
Unlikely: This is unlikely to occur, since staph is normal flora of the skin even if you did it would be difficult to determine whether the infection was from your own skin or outside contact.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

When you have a staph infection, can you get a massage?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Generally No: Assuming that you are talking about a staph infection of the skin, most massage techniques should be avoided when a contagious skin infection (herpes, shingles, chicken pox, mrsa, etc.) is present. Some rom stretching techniques can be used, as well as, a few lymphatic techniques. However, what most people consider a massage (rubbing of the skin and muscles) should definitely not be done.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How do you get a staph infection?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 41 years experience
Staph infections.: Staphylococcus lives in our skin and nostrils. Any minor wound in the skin may cause it.Some pts are immunocompromised and present frequent staph infections. Staph may travel through the blood or by continuity to other parts like bone, the heart valves.
A member asked:

What could cause you get staph infection?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Some thoughts...: Some people have staph bacteria colonizing their skin or nose and have no obvious symptoms. During times of illness, stress, skin breakdown (cuts, scrapes) or immunosuppression, the bacteria can cause infection. You can also get it from coming into contact with it in the environment or with a person who has an active staph lesion.
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A 31-year-old male asked:

Why do I keep getting staph infections ?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Immune system: Staph is a normal colonizer of the skin in all people. It usually takes advantage of a break in the skin or the mucous membranes. If you are getting serious infections then you need to have your immune system checked out. Otherwise, scrub well daily with good antibacterial soap to reduce the skin colonies. Swish/swallow and spray in the nose 2-3 times daily silver shield brand colloidal silver.

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