How to Treat a Resistant Pseudomonas
What is pseudomonas?
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a Gram-negative bacteria commonly found in the environment. It can cause nosocomial infections (infections contracted in a hospital). It is considered an opportunistic bacteria, causing severe infections in people with weakened immune systems or chronic diseases.
This bacteria can infect various parts of the body, such as the lungs, urinary tract, skin, and soft tissues. However, it appears to more frequently cause lung infections.
Pseudomonas is often present in hospitals and care facilities, where it can spread quickly from one patient to another. However, this bacteria is extremely resistant to antibiotics, making its treatment difficult. Therefore, to combat infections caused by this bacteria, it may be necessary to use alternative treatments such as phage therapy or certain natural products such as green tea or grapefruit seeds.
What are the symptoms of pseudomonas?
The symptoms associated with a Pseudomonas infection can vary depending on where the infection occurs. Common signs of a Pseudomonas infection include fever and chills, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and weakness, headaches, shortness of breath and cough, as well as the appearance of a rash or sores that do not heal.
Pain or burning during urination may also occur, as can an ear or eye infection. People with chronic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis or diabetes, may have more severe symptoms and may be more likely to develop a systemic infection, in which the infection spreads throughout the body.
Description of the bacteria and explanation of its resistance
Pseudomonas is an aerobic bacteria that can develop in extreme environments such as contaminated soils and aquatic environments. It produces a green pigment called pyocyanin that allows it to protect itself against free radicals produced by the immune system.
Moreover, pseudomonas has a large number of antibiotic resistance genes, making it difficult to treat. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest challenges facing health professionals today.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread quickly and cause infections that are difficult, if not impossible, to treat. Pseudomonas is particularly problematic because it has many mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.
How to treat pseudomonas
The treatment of pseudomonas depends on the severity of the infection. It can include antibiotics, antifungals, or antivirals. However, given its resistance to antibiotics, alternative treatments are also used. Health professionals often use antibiotics to treat pseudomonas infections. But the resistance of the bacteria diminishes the effectiveness. They may also use antifungals and antivirals to treat fungal and viral infections associated with pseudomonas. However, health professionals can use other alternative treatments such as green tea, grapefruit seeds, and phage therapy in addition to or as a replacement for antibiotics to improve the chances of recovery. Green tea extracts and grapefruit seed extracts have antimicrobial properties that can help fight against pseudomonas. Phage therapy, a therapy using viruses to fight bacteria, also represents a promising option for treating pseudomonas.
Treating pseudomonas with antibiotics
Pseudomonas infections are often first treated with antibiotics. However, the resistance of pseudomonas to antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of these treatments. Health professionals increasingly prescribe a combination of antibiotics to increase the chances of successful treatment. But this increased use of antibiotics only increases pseudomonas’ resistance to antibiotics.
It should also be noted that pseudomonas has also been found to be resistant to hydro-alcoholic gels. Indeed, hydro-alcoholic gels are used in hospitals so that healthcare personnel can disinfect their hands. This is to prevent contamination from room to room.
Treating pseudomonas with phage therapy
Phage therapy is a treatment method that uses viruses called bacteriophages to kill pathogenic bacteria. Bacteriophages are viruses that specifically infect bacteria and destroy them. This technique is used in Georgia to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, including pseudomonas infections. To understand how phage therapy treatment works, click on the following link: Phage therapy treatment.
Treating pseudomonas with green tea
The polyphenols in green tea are compounds that have antioxidant properties. Research has revealed that green
tea extract can block the growth of pseudomonas as well as other antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In fact, the molecule “epigallocatechin gallate” associated with an antibiotic named aztreonam would be effective in fighting against pseudomonas. To better understand how green tea can help treat pseudomonas, click on the following link: Antibiotic resistance: green tea compoundshows promises in tackling antibiotic resistance
Treating pseudomonas with grapefruit seeds
Grapefruit seed extracts contain antimicrobial compounds that can be useful in fighting pseudomonas. Studies have shown that these extracts can inhibit the growth of pseudomonas and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria. People can consume grapefruit seed extracts as a supplement. To better understand how grapefruit seeds can help treat pseudomonas, click on the following link: Grapefruit Seed Extract as a Natural Derived Antibacterial Substance against Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria