Infectious Disease Specialist Questions Skin Infections

Can bacterial skin infections spread from one person to another?

If I have a bacterial skin infection, can it spread to others in my family? How can I prevent this?

2 Answers

If you are taking proper antibiotic therapy, you're considered no longer contagious after you've been taking antibiotics for a period of time, which depends on your type of infection, it also depends on factors such as the others in your family having cuts, abrasions, insect bites, etc., which enables the bacteria to infect those vulnerable areas. Cover your infected skin and try to avoid sharing pieces of clothing and towels.

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