Should 4+ Pseudomonas be treated?
Good morning to all. I'm wondering what experiences you've had regarding treatment on recurring Pseudomonas. I had just finished treatment for 3+ Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia and wanted to know if the treatment had gotten rid of it. I did not hear from my pulmonary doc about results of my last sputum–testing had begun on June 19th. Last Friday I went on the portal and this is what I found. FINAL REPORT: 4+ Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This is the 5th Pseudomonas since March 2019. I had a result of
3+ Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in March this year and I was put on Tobramycin for
28 days. Now I show 4+ and have not heard from anyone from the doctor's office. I contacted the doctor by portal to question if treatment was indicated.
I feel OK, no noticeable shortness of breath, am nebulizing 7% Sod. Chl. once a day, appetite not great but OK (basically normal for me). I rarely cough up anything of color after nebing–maybe pale yellow, if at all. Over the last week or so (a few times a day) I have just a very slight dry cough. Otherwise am asymptomatic. The doctor responded "I would say at this point that we should not treat unless something changes clinically. We can discuss more at your next appointment but please let me know if your symptoms change.” Any experiences out there to share?