How to Cure Pseudomonas

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How to Cure Pseudomonas
Hot tub folliculitis may present as a rash with raised, red welts. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pseudomonas is a bacteria that lives in warm, moist areas, such as swimming pools and hot tubs. When it comes in contact with your skin, it may cause a rash known as "hot tub folliculitis." Symptoms of a pseudomonas rash includes raised, red welts, especially in areas of the body normally covered by a swimming costume. If the pseudomonas bacteria get into the ears, it may cause swimmer's ear, or otitis externa. Symptoms include pain, itching and drainage from the ear.

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Things you need

  • Soap
  • White vinegar
  • Cotton balls
  • Over-the-counter anti-itch cream
  • Over-the-counter pain medication

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    Pseudomonas Rash

  1. 1

    Consult your doctor to verify that it is a pseudomonas infection. Other illnesses and infections can also cause rashes on the body.

  2. 2

    Wash the rash, twice a day, with soap and warm water. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft, absorbent towel.

  3. 3

    Wipe the area with cotton balls dipped in acetic acid, or vinegar, to help kill the bacteria. Let the vinegar air dry.

  4. 4

    Apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone or topical antihistamine cream to the affected area. The cream will bring down swelling and relieve minor itching.

  5. 5

    Contact your physician if the itching worsens, if the rash does not clear up in seven to 14 days, or if you experience a fever or swollen lymph nodes.

    Swimmer's Ear

  1. 1

    Consult your physician for an accurate diagnosis. Your physician may prescribe an oral antibiotic, antibiotic ear drops, or a combination of these.

  2. 2

    Take the antibiotic as prescribed by your doctor. Take the full prescription and do not skip a dose.

  3. 3

    Take an over-the-counter pain killer, such as ibuprofen, for the pain and swelling associated with the infection. Take the drug as directed.

  4. 4

    Consult your physician if your symptoms worsen, or if the condition does not resolve when you have finished taking medication.

Tips and warnings

  • A pseudomonas rash usually resolves on its own, without treatment, in seven to 14 days, according to the Skinsight website.
  • A swimmer's ear infection can lead to other complications, including bone infection, according to Medline Plus. If you suspect you have an ear infection, consult your physician immediately.

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