Can cephalosporins work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Yes some. There are many different cephalosporin antibiotics. Many are not effective against ps. Aer. Those that are active against this organism are Fortaz (ceftazidime) and maxipime(cefepime).
Sometimes. There are several kinds or "generations" of cephalosporins antibiotics, which are antibiotics that are chemically related to penicillin. Some of the drugs in this class are highly effective against pseudomonas and some are not. In fact this can vary to some degree depending on the antibiotic sensitivities specific to the pseudomonas strains prevalent in a particular hospital or community.

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Can monobactams work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Maybe. Monobactams are drugs chemically similar to the penicillins. The only commercially available monobactam in the United States is a drug called aztreonam, it is effective against some strains of pseudomonas but not all. Because of this it is more of a second choice agent in those who can not take drugs that have greater efficacy because of allergies etc. Read more...
Yes. But this depends upon what infection and the sensitivities of the strain of pseudomonas with which the patient is infected. Read more...
Aztreonam. Is the only monobactam available in the usa. It does have activity against pseudomonas but hospital strains may be resistant. Read more...

I am immuno-compromised, am I more likely to get pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Yes. Yes you are. It is an opportunistic infection that is more prevalent in people with immunodeficiencies/suppression. Read more...
Possibly. Ps. Aeruginosa infections are most commonly acquired in the hospital setting. They are very common in cystic fibrosis patients. Some compromise in the host health status underlies most of the serious problems with ps. Aer. Infections. Main host factors that affect risk are low white blood cell count, burn wounds or other disruption of skin or mucosal surfaces. Read more...

What is the definition of pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Bacteria. Pseudomonas is a gram negative rod(classification of bacteria). When we see it , it is usually in the hospital in wound infections. It is usually treated successfully with dressing changes and antibiotics. Read more...