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I am an intravenous drug user, am I more susceptible to getting a staphylococcal infection?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

3 things affect you - one is that you use poor cleaning when injecting thereby pushing the bacteria on your skin into your vein.
The second is that the drug may be contaminated with bacteria. The third is that long term IV drug abuse probably affects your immune system making you more susceptible to infections in general.

In brief: Yes

3 things affect you - one is that you use poor cleaning when injecting thereby pushing the bacteria on your skin into your vein.
The second is that the drug may be contaminated with bacteria. The third is that long term IV drug abuse probably affects your immune system making you more susceptible to infections in general.
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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology

In brief: Yes

Any breaks in the integrity of the skin make one more susceptable to skin infections.

In brief: Yes

Any breaks in the integrity of the skin make one more susceptable to skin infections.
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