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Doctor insights on: Can Staph Be Transmitted By Kissing

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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more


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Can staph infections be transmitted by kissing?

Unlikely: Whereas staph aureus infection can be transmitted by skin to skin contact, the higher concentrations of staph are in areas such as inside the nose, moist areas of the skin where two skin surfaces meet such as underarms or groin. In addition the protective benefit of saliva also decreases the possibility of lips as a source.

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Can I get staph by kissing?

Staphylococcus: You can become colonized with a staphylococcus from kissing, but unlikely to produce infection. All of us carry this organism in our GI tract and many in the nasopharynx and skin. They do not produce disease unless an opportunity presents itself. Enjoy your kissing and stop worrying about this.

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Is it possible for you to get staph from kissing?

Yes..: Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) is a skin organism and also colonizes the nose and rectal area. Recent studies also show that it thrives in the mouth, hence, one can theoretically acquire Staph by kissing another individual ---- this however does not mean outright infection or disease.

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Help! Could staph aureus be transmitted through kissing?

Help! Could staph aureus be transmitted through kissing?

Yes: If you kiss the Staph? By the way you need not be worried as staph is every where

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Can a staph infection spread by kissing?

Can a staph infection spread by kissing?

Staph infection: Unlikely to be spread by kissing, but once you have been colonized with this by kissing or other nose-to-hand-to-nose activities, the organism colonizes your skin and subsequent breaks in skin can lead to infection.

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Can you get a staph infection from kissing?

Can you get a staph infection from kissing?

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.

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Can I catch staph infection from kissing a guy?

Can I catch staph infection from kissing a guy?

Staph infections: No. The likelihood of this is extraordinarily small.

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I'm infected with Staph aureus. I know, my bf may be colonized with a Staph by kissing. Can I get infected again by him when my treatment is over?

Wish I could tell: You no but yes you can get the bacteria to live on your skin again, which is impossible to guard against. You should not get infections all the time, unless there is something not 100% with your immune system -- but Staph is known to live on human skin, most of the time not causing any problems. Hopefully you will not get infections again.

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Need doctor's help! Will kissing cause staph infection?

Need doctor's help! Will kissing cause staph infection?

Typically No: Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) is a skin organism and also colonizes the nose and rectal area. Recent studies also show that it thrives in the mouth, hence, one can theoretically acquire Staph by kissing another individual ---- this however does not mean outright infection or disease.

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If someone has a staph infection on their tonsils, can you become infected by kissing them?

Yes: If two people are kissing, they will share whatever bacteria are in their mouths and throats. For bacteria like the strep throat bacteria, the well person will usually get sick after catching strep from the sick one. With staph bacteria, the well person may not get sick because staph doesn't cause oral infections in everyone.

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Recurring staph colonization in nose. I never touch my face anymore, so I'm scared its kissing my partner that reinfected me. Is this possible, is so what could I do to prevent it? They have no visible infection. I want to be with them. Used bactroban

Recurring staph colonization in nose. I never touch my face anymore, so I'm scared its kissing my partner that reinfected me. Is this possible, is so what could I do to prevent it? They have no visible infection. I want to be with them. Used bactroban

Yes: See infectious is easier primary care physician friend person a valuation and treatment for MRSA staphylococcal infection the nose generally Orlana biotics and Bactroban (mupirocin) twice a day at the nose for about a week will help get rid of the chronic staph infection in the nose

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I kissed my boyfriend on the lips today at lunch and he now thinks the "zit" he had under his nose is a staph infection. Ugh! Will I get it?!?!

Maybe: Be aware that staph germs are everywhere in the environment. This contact may have exposed you to staph, but you also touched a doorknob or banister or open surface that likely had it too. If you wash your hands on a regular basis then you cut down on some of your exposures. However, every time you touch your face with contaminated fingers you expose yourself as much as that kiss.

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Would one contact staphylococcus through kissing?

Would one contact staphylococcus through kissing?

Who cares?: Staph is ubiquitous, and normal upper airway / throat flora in about 40% of folks. As such, it presents no danger. Kiss to your heart's content.