I am trying to find information on a
type of bacteria
called pseudmands(could be pseudomands or
My dad supposedly
has had a bacterial infection from it, and
supposedly has a lung fungus
that is sporalgic(has to do with spores).
bacteria a naturally
Do you have any information on
If this kind of information is not available from
you, where might I
research these two items?
I guess you mean Pseudomonas, a common bacteria that
can cause lung infections. Most infections occur in
people with decreased lung function, for instance due
to cystic fibrosis, or immunocompromised people. I
found a nice collection of websites on Pseudomonas
aeruginosa, including information on lung infections.
Have a look at
Here is what Bergey's encyclopedia has to say:
Hope here you can find what you want.
I believe the bacterium you're talking about is Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Pseudomonas is an opportunistic pathogen -- that means it's an agent that
can infect and cause disease in somebody who is immune supressed (like an
AIDS patient) or who is busy fighting a second infection -- for your
father, probably the fungal respiratory infection. Pseudomonas is a tough
bacterium to kill. It's notorious for resistance to antibiotics because
it carries lots of resistance genes, and because it tends to form
"biofilms" that are not easily penetrated by normal doses of antibiotics.
You can find more detailed information at this website:
Some of the information there is a little technical, so if you need a
translation of anything, please write again.
I can't be too specific about a fungal infection, but in general terms,
that means a yeast infection (or some close relative of yeast). A spore
is one part of the yeast life cycle. Spores are the packaged-for-travel
version of yeast so they're pretty hardy and also tough to kill.
New Haven, Connecticut
I think you mean pseudomonads. These are bacteria from the Genus Pseudomonas
, the most pathogenic (disease-causing) of these is Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
They are a common cause of pneumonia. These organisms are ubiquitous in
nature which means that they are found everywhere, so all of us have been
exposed to them. Usually though, our immune systems are strong enough to
fight them off. If your dad has had other health problems or is elderly, his
immune system may be weakened and this allows these bacteria the opportunity
to cause infection when normally they couldn't. They are called
opportunistic bacteria for this reason. As far as the fungus goes, many
fungi are spore formers. I would have to know more to comment.
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