A 26-year-old female asked:
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if my patient with mrsa, who sucks on her fingers, whacked my mouth with her wet fingers.. could i contract it too?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Infection vs coloniz: Rather complicated question. 1st, MRSA is everywhere. 90% of hospitals can find MRSA on a surface somewhere if you take enough swabs. 2nd, MRSA colonization (on the skin) doesn't mean "contracting" an infection (symptoms). MRSA has to bypass skin & get into the blood. (An open cut or wound from her "whacking" can do it). Lastly, your immune system plays a role. Some are susceptible; others aren't.
Answered on Jun 19, 2017

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