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A 43-year-old female asked:
If you had a germ such as strep pneumoniae on your skin, then had a blood test, would that introduce germ into blood causing infection?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
No risk, no worry: Skin bacteria almost never get into the bloodstream from having blood drawn. Also S. pneumoniae is not likely to be present on the skin in sigificant numbers. Nothing to worry about.
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Last updated Aug 4, 2016
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