Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

What Is Pseudomonas Aeruginosa?

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium, and a multidrug resistant pathogen that can cause disease in plants, animals, and humans.

History of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa was first isolated from green pus in 1882 by Carle Gessard in France. Since then, hundreds of studies have taken place to understand this bacterium.

From those hundreds of studies, we have learned that aeruginosa is a highly adaptable bacterium that can survive on soil, water, and even toxic waste.

It thrives not only in normal atmospheres but also in low-oxygen atmospheres, which is why it has colonized many natural and artificial environments.

Since it can survive and thrive in many environments, there’s no wonder why it is so widespread.

It is also an opportunistic pathogen, meaning that it does not affect otherwise healthy people. But if you’re immunocompromised, it can cause a lot of harm.

In a recent analysis in the United States from 1995 to 2002,179 adults with nosocomial bloodstream infections, aeruginosa accounted for 4% of cases.

Furthermore, the same analysis concludes that coagulase-negative staphylococci (39%) and pseudomonas aeruginosa (24%) were the most common organisms isolated.

Meaning that aeruginosa was present in 24% of participants with nosocomial bloodstream infections.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Since aeruginosa can cause several health issues, the symptoms depend on the condition we’re talking about. Here are the six most common diseases and infections caused by aeruginosa:

Dermatitis
Bacteremia
Soft tissue infections
Urinary tract infections
Respiratory system infections
Bone, joint, and gastrointestinal infections

Another infection aeruginosa can lead to is the pseudomonas infection, which has the following symptoms:

Green pus
Rashes on skin
Pain and itching in ears
Pain and redness in eyes
Coughs and congestions
Joint pain, stiffness, fever, chills, and fatigue

How You Can Treat Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Since aeruginosa is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicines that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, the following antibiotics are used to help your body fight aeruginosa:

Quinolones (ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin).
Aminoglycosides (gentamicin, amikacin, and tobramycin).
Cephalosporins (ceftazidime, cefepime, cefoperazone, cefpirome, and ceftobiprole).

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of catching a disease caused by aeruginosa?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill pseudomonas aeruginosa is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill pseudomonas aeruginosa in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.