Acinetobacter infection — causes, side effects and treatments at

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by

Acinetobacter infection, also known as Acinetobacter Baumannii Infection, is caused by the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria. It can be spread by direct contact and may be found on skin or in food, water, or soil. It may also be found in hospitals. Acinetobacter baumannii infection is highly contagious.

Known side effects of Acinetobacter infection

Anyone can get an Acinetobacter baumannii infection. You are more likely to get an infection from Acinetobacter baumannii if you have a disease such as diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The following are some of the signs and symptoms of Acinetobacter infection:

  • Fever
  • Red, swollen, warm, or painful skin areas or wounds
  • An area of orange, bumpy skin with blisters
  • Cough, chest pain, or trouble breathing
  • Burning feeling while you urinate
  • Sleepiness, headaches, or a stiff neck

Acinetobacter baumannii can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. You may not know that you have an Acinetobacter infection until you get sick with one of the following:

  • Pneumonia
  • Blood infection
  • Meningitis
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Skin or wound infection

Body systems harmed by Acinetobacter infection

An Acinetobacter baumannii infection can cause serious damage in the lungs, blood, and brain. It may also cause urinary tract and skin and soft-tissue or wound infections.

Acinetobacter baumannii colonizes the respiratory tract, skin, urinary and gastrointestinal systems, and frequently leads to pneumonia, blood circulatory infection, and urinary system infection.

Food items or nutrients that may prevent Acinetobacter infection

Natural plant compounds are capable of killing drug-resistant infections like the ones caused by Acinetobacter baumannii. has indexed several natural compounds with confirmed anti-MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) properties:

  • Allicin (Garlic compound)
  • Baicalein (Chinese Skullcap compound)
  • Banana (Peel extract)
  • Bay leaf
  • Bee propolis
  • Bifidobacterium breve (A probiotic)
  • Catechin (antioxidant found in Acacia catechu and tea)
  • Catnip
  • Cinnamaldehyde (Cinnamon oil compound)
  • Clove
  • Cumin
  • EGCG (Polyphenol in tea)
  • Elecampane
  • Epicatechin (Polyphenol in tea)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Grapeseed Extract
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Honey (Ulmo)
  • Kaempferol
  • Lactobacillus paracasei (bacteriocin)
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Mango Seed
  • Mangosteen
  • Manuka Honey
  • Nigella sativa (black seed)
  • Norway spruce
  • Olive leaf extract
  • Tabebuia
  • Peppermint
  • Prickly Ash
  • Resins
  • Sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Silver (nanoparticles)
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

Research from the Center for Immunology and Infectious Disease at the Queen Mary University of London has determined that curcumin, the medically active compound from the turmeric root, can significantly inhibit antibiotic-resistant forms of Acinetobacter baumannii when combined with a compound found in a number of vegetables, herbs, and nuts.

Treatments, management plans for Acinetobacter infection

Acinetobacter baumannii can live on the skin and may survive in the environment for several days. Hand hygiene and environmental cleaning can greatly reduce the risk of infection.

If you have been infected, your treatment will depend on where the infection is in your body. Treatment methods may include:

  • Antibiotic medicines
  • Pain medicine
  • Antipyretics

How do I prevent the spread of Acinetobacter baumannii?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after you use the bathroom, before you touch food, and after you cough or sneeze.
  • Keep any wounds clean and covered with a bandage until they are healed.
  • Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions when you take antibiotic medicines.

Where to learn more


Acinetobacter infection is a highly contagious disease caused by the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria.

An Acinetobacter baumannii infection can cause serious damage to the lungs, blood, and brain. It may also cause urinary tract, and skin and soft-tissue or wound infections.

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