Pseudomonas is a gram negative bacteria, it is an aerobic organism and preferably grows in moist environment. The bacterium is commonly found in soil, water, plant and animals. Among the species, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is most common found in humans.
Pseudomonas infection is often life threatening, especially in immune compromised people. The organism is resistant to most of the antibiotics.
Pseudomonas Infection is present in many Diseases
- Otitis media.
- Swimmer’s ear. It is water borne ear infection caused while bathing in a swimming pool.
- Eye infection.
- Urinary tract infection.
- Bone infection.
Symptoms in Pseudomonas Infection
- Skin turning blue in color.
- Swollen eyes.
- Difficulty in breathing.
- Accumulation of pus which has a green to blue color in the injury site.
- Loss of weight.
The risk of acquiring pseudomonas infection increases in patients suffering from diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer.
- As the bacteria are resistant to many antibiotics, two drug combination therapy such as beta-lactam and an aminoglycoside are frequently used.
- In most cases the drug is chosen after the culture and sensitivity test.
- In an ear infection local antibiotic is used. It is often combined with steroid.
- In skin and soft tissue injuries, especially in cases of burns double antibiotic therapy may be needed. Debridement may be required in some cases such as diabetic foot ulcer.
- Maintain proper diet, containing proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
Pseudomonas mostly spreads by direct contact. A person infected with the bacteria may infect another person any time. The other person becomes infected only when his immune system is overwhelmingly stressed and weakened.