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Lees Summit, MO
A 29-year-old female asked:

Can you get infection from blood draw? i had bloodwork done. same lady who has done it for years. i took a nap and woke to find a thing red, raised line going toward my hand from it (1-2 inches long, very thin). it burned when i sprayed alcohol on it

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Skin infection: It is theoretically possible to get infected at a blood draw site, but it is extremely rare. There is little or no risk of infection from the person drawing blood -- the risk is mainly from bacteria already on your skin, like staph or strep. A red streak from the blood draw site indeed could be an infection. If it keeps extending or spreading, or if fever, check with doctor immediately.

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Last updated Oct 22, 2019

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