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Are bacterial infections contagious?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

Some bacterial infections are, like strep throat, or pink eye, but many develop that are not really contagious, like sinusitis, cellulitis, or diverticulitis.
If you have a concern, you should discuss the specifics with your doctor. It is also always a good idea to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, whenever you are out, like shopping, airports, grocery stores etc to minimize risks.

In brief: Sometimes

Some bacterial infections are, like strep throat, or pink eye, but many develop that are not really contagious, like sinusitis, cellulitis, or diverticulitis.
If you have a concern, you should discuss the specifics with your doctor. It is also always a good idea to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, whenever you are out, like shopping, airports, grocery stores etc to minimize risks.
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Some are/some not

Some bacterial infections like Meningococcal meningitis and tuberculosis are contagious.
Others like an e. Coli urinary tract infection or a ruptured appendix with peritonitis are not.

In brief: Some are/some not

Some bacterial infections like Meningococcal meningitis and tuberculosis are contagious.
Others like an e. Coli urinary tract infection or a ruptured appendix with peritonitis are not.
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