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How long can a gram-negative anaerobic bacteria live outside the body?
pruttygurl234 posted:
Hi, my doctor diagnosed me with an anaerobic bacteria infection. I was given a course of antibiotics to cure it, I am just about to complete the course, and I was wondering how long the bacteria could live in my bed sheets or clothing?

Should I go on a germ killing blitzkrieg before I stop taking the antibiotics so I don't reinfect myself? Or is after a 10 day course enough time for the microscopic jerks to have died off and I don't have to worry about cleaning anything?

I worry because I heard gram negative bacteria are quite the long livers.
georgiagail responded:
Bacteria are living critters and they require nutrients. They wouldn't get this from bedsheets or clothing and thus would not survive very long outside the body.

I'm going to assume you toss your bedsheets in the laundry on a weekly basis. That should take care of the issue.


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