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can you get a staph infection from kissing?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Staph from Kissing: Staphulococcus aureus is a germ, often called staph, and is normally found on the body in 20-30% of the healthy people. It is passed from person to person by contact with someone who is colonized with it. It is spread through nose but you can also catch it through kissing.
Answered on Sep 24, 2019
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Yes: You have risks from many things. So you need to identify the high risk activities. But kissing the right person at the right time has its rewards.
Answered on Mar 22, 2020
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Unlikely: It depends on where the infection is.
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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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. Joseph Bark
48 years experience Dermatology
Staph infections: No. The likelihood of this is extraordinarily small.

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