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"Can you catch staph from oral sex?"
If there is no open wound then will i catch staph from a person who has it during oral sex
I recommend that you speak with your primary care physician. Staphylococcus is a bacteria that is very common in all the places that we live. Specifically, staph is a very common bacteria that lives on our skin. It tends to cause infection when there is a break in the skin allowing the bacteria to travel from the surface of the skin into the body. Therefore, you don't really need to worry about staff being transmitted from one person to another. The only exception to this is if somebody has a particular strain of staph and you are a person that is susceptible to an infection. We do not worry about transmitting staph from oral sex. Staphylococcal infections tend to cause red painful skin and can also cause abscesses. When an abscess forms it usually needs drainage to treat the infection. When an abscess is not present, then the infection can usually just be treated with antibiotics. If antibiotics are needed, the ones that are used outside the hospital are typically doxycycline, Bactrim, and sometimes Keflex. If you feel that you ever have a staph infection, you should always contact and schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. You will need to have that infection looked at to see if it is in abscess which would need to be drained. Good luck.
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