Pseudomonas

Pseudomonas is a common bacterium that’s found in soil and water. It can cause chest infections, but these usually only occur in people with a weakened immune system or with a long-term lung condition such as cystic fibrosis.

Because this condition is rare, it may take some time to get a diagnosis. Your doctor will need to consider other possible causes of your symptoms. You may need to have a few tests and you might need to see a specialist.

Infections with pseudomonas can be effectively treated with antibiotics, but sometimes the infection can be difficult to clear completely.

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Last medically reviewed: December 2016. Due for review: December 2019

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