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Old 06-01-2011, 10:06 AM   #1
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Impetigo and contagiousness

Hi,

Not sure if this should stay in the skin forum or be moved to a sexual health one....

I have a small patch of impetigo (about 1cm) about an inch to the left side of my mouth, it's weeping/crusting. I'm using Fucidin H on it at the moment.

I'm wondering how easily transmitted (if it all) this would be if I was kissing or performing oral sex on someone, once the fluid at the site of the infection didn't touch them/their lips/genital area?

I've read it can be passed on through saliva, but I can't find any info/stats on prevalence or really any detail at all on the topic, particularly relating to oral sex.

Any links/advice/experiences would be great.

Thanks,

Stephen

 
Old 06-01-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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Re: Impetigo and contagiousness

If it's right next to your mouth, I would avoid kissing until it heals. Direct contact with the lesion could spread it.

 
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Re: Impetigo and contagiousness

Hey,

Thanks for the reply . It's far enough away that I could keep it from touching another person, but I'm more wondering if the bacteria live/can pass through saliva, e.g. kissing.

 
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Re: Impetigo and contagiousness

The infection is only on your skin, they should not be in your saliva.

If you had strep or an infection inside your mouth, then you'd have bacteria in your saliva.

 
Old 06-01-2011, 11:33 AM   #5
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Re: Impetigo and contagiousness

I see...I was browsing links such as

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Streptococcal_disease

which suggests it lives in saliva too:

"Person to person contact spreads streptococcal bacteria
You can contract streptococcal infection – group A after contact with infected persons. The bacteria are present in saliva and nasal discharge so sneezing, coughing and shaking hands can spread the bacteria"

 
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