A 19-year-old female asked:
i shook somebody's hand who had mrsa in leg. didn't wash hands because couldn't and smoked a cig after. could i get it in my mouth?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Lynne Weixel answered
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Probably not: This is a very frightening new situation indeed! As there's nothing certain, it makes no sense to worry backwards. Do be really careful in the future if you have occasion to interact w/ patients like this. (Also, some would say not to smoke). Obviously, if you notice symptoms, get an exam and inform the Dr of this episode. It's a low probability. Best!
Answered on Jun 27, 2016
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