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Germ Type: Bacteria
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major cause of infections commonly known as "hot tub rash" (Pseudomonas dermatitis) and "swimmer's ear" (Otitis externa). It is commonly found in water and soil. Hot tub rash can affect people of all ages; symptoms include itchy spots that become a red rash, rash in areas that were covered by a swimsuit, and pus-filled blisters around hair follicles. Hot tub rash usually goes away by itself. Swimmer's ear is more common in children and young adults. Symptoms include itchiness inside the ear, pain when the ear is tugged, and pus draining from the ear.