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A 65-year-old male asked:

i have severe copd and my sputum has shown pseudomonas. i have been given antibiotics for 2 weeks, but my specilist says that i will have this for life. he has not given us any more information and does not seemworried about it, but i am. what should i do

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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Not an easy question: Pseudomonas s not a typical bacteria found in the sputum unless you are using a ventilator or other type of breathing aid. Your physician may seem unworried and possibly because the colony count was very low. Hard to tell from here. Need more info.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: Check your sputum again after the antibiotics are finished and see if you still have the pseudomonas. If you do, you may be colonized and you may benefit from suppressive therapy - either cycled or inhaled antibiotics. Get a second opinion from someone who can actually see and examine you.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Colonizer...: Pseudomonas is a bacteria that can colonize the airways of people with chronic lung disease. A colonizer is a bacteria that is living in your airways but not causing any harm, like infection. If you have signs and symptoms of infection, then you will need antibiotics to treat it. It is a difficult organism to eradicate once you have it but it only needs treatment if you have infection symptoms.

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