I had a cough with wheezing, and my sputum test was positive for pseudomonas. What can be done?

Q. What does a positive sputum test for pseudomonas conclude?

Answered by
Dr. Arun Kaushik. R
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 24, 2023 and last reviewed on: Jun 12, 2023

Hello doctor,

I had a cough for a few weeks with some wheezing, and I took a clear X-ray. My blood tests were normal, apart from showing that I was fighting an infection. My cough and wheezing are also getting better, but I still have not fully recovered. I recently got my sputum results that showed pseudomonas. My general practitioner has not prescribed any antibiotics until I do a second sputum test, but I have read on the internet how serious pseudomonas infection can be. I do not have bronchiectasis or CF, but if I do have pseudomonas, which I know is uncommon, is it possible to cure it completely and for the infection to clear from my lung? Is it life-threatening for me? Is it possible for me to cure it myself without any antibiotics?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern. If you have an infection, it is good to take antibiotics. Pseudomonas infections usually are treatable by antibiotics. If you have an additional lung issue, consult a pulmonologist. The choice of antibiotic is based on the sensitivity report. Usually, the infection can become life-threatening if it is severe and you have additional factors. So I suggest you get examined again by a pulmonologist and get treated. I hope this helps you.

Thank you.

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