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Can staph infections be transmitted by kissing?

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. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do I have a staph infection on the inside of my lips?, they keep sticking together, red, sore and have what looks like puss on them

Do I have a staph infection on the inside of my lips?, they keep sticking together, red, sore and have what looks like puss on them

Doubt staph. Herpes?: Staph is an unlikely cause of such symptoms, and "conditions" list sore throat as well as the mouth problem. Maybe herpes if you have been exposed, i.e. kissing someone with oral herpes or oral sex on partner with genital HSV. Other viruses and allergic reactions also are possible. For sure see a doctor ASAP -- the sooner the better both for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment if herpes. ...Read more

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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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


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