Mycoplasma is the smallest of all bacteria. 4,000 of them can fit inside one red blood cell in your body (only 10-15 of average sized bacteria would fit). Mycoplasma is a parasite—it cannot live without a host. Unlike other bacteria, mycoplasmas do not have a protective cell wall. This interesting strategy of survival allows them to change their shape and fit into areas where other bacteria cannot go. It also allows them to slip inside cells of the host. Not having a cell wall makes mycoplasma completely resistant to many types of antibiotics. Mycoplasma are spread by biting insects (ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, biting flies), sexual contact, contaminated food, and airborne droplets. Most everyone has been exposed to some form of mycoplasma. Mycoplasma is also found in ⅓ – ⅔ of any population without causing symptoms. In other words, it is assumed that mycoplasma just happens to be there, but isn’t really a factor in the disease.
Typical symptoms include fever, cough, bronchitis, sore throat, headache and tiredness. A common result of mycoplasma infection is pneumonia (sometimes called "walking pneumonia" because it is usually mild and rarely requires hospitalization). Infections of the middle ear (otitis media) also can result.
PCR is the best way to test for mycoplasma, but testing is species specific and focused on diagnosing acute respiratory or genital mycoplasma infections. When testing for mycoplasma, it is best to order a complete mycoplasma panel, which will include M. fermentans, M. genitalium, M. hominis, M. penetrans, M. pneumoniae, M. synoviae, and Ureaplasma urealyticum. These are only the common known species of mycoplasma; other lesser known species could also be present. Another problem with testing is that there are other stealth microbes that can be associated with chronic infections with similar symptoms. The list of knowns includes Yersinia enterocolitica, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Campylobacter jejuni, and the Lyme coinfections including babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia, and anaplasma (multiple species of each).
Complete testing for the full range of stealth microbes can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The best course of action is assuming mycoplasma and other stealth microbes are there. Stealth microbes only cause problems when the immune function is suppressed. Addressing the causes of the underlying Chronic Immune Dysfunction is the most effective solution for overcoming infections with stealth microbes.
Antibiotics such as Doxycycline, Azithromycin, Erythromycin and Biaxin. Naturals to consider are olive leaf, samento, colloidal silver, and thyme leaf juice extract. People have also used rife machine to rid their infections. Much like Lyme, when one is infected with Mycoplasma, they often have several abnormalities within their body from nutritional deficiencies to metal toxicity. These should also be taken into account in order to treat and help boost your immune system.
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