Infections you can catch from someone else’s sweat

Updated at: Jun 29, 2017
Infections you can catch from someone else’s sweat

Have you ever wondered what happens when you  get exposed to other’s sweat?

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Mind BodyWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Jun 29, 2017

Drenching in sweat is normal scenario in summers. Whether you’re are working out in gym, walking in parks or traveling in public transport, you come across people who are dripping in sweat. But things get worse when you end up getting thrust against them or touching things that they have touched, therefore, exposing you to their sweat. So, what happens if you get exposed to other’s sweat? Well, if that happens you’re likely to catch infections that are carried by sweat The below are some infections that you may catch by getting in contact with someone's sweat.


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. It is hard to treat as it is resistant to commonly available antibiotics. Usually, the symptoms may vary a little depending on where you’re infected but most common signs of getting infected with MRSA are sores and boils on the skin. However, it can cause more severe infections in the bloodstream, lungs, or the urinary tract. It spreads through contact and so, one can easily catch it through someone who has it on his skin.

Viral infections like cold, flu

Sweat does not contain any viruses in it but it can get onto the skin through sneezing, breathing or by rubbing nose. When the sweat becomes the carrier of the virus, it can easily affect anybody who comes in contact with it.


Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that can spread through physical contact, such as through infected skin. It is very common among children and can lead to plaques, blisters or red patches on the skin. It is also caused by Staphylococcus aureus.


There is much debate whether an indirect means of transmission, such as sweat, can transfer Herpes or not. Some studies suggest that a skin-to-skin contact can transmit HSV-1 and HSV-2 while some affirm that viral pathology needs sustained contact and friction for the transmission.

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