What Is Mycoplasma SP?

Mycoplasma is a genus of bacteria that lack a cell wall around their cell membranes, making them naturally resistant to antibiotics. Most of its species are human pathogens.

History of Mycoplasma SP

Although we don’t know the exact year when the term mycoplasma was coined, what we do know is that it emerged in the 1950s. It’s a combination of two Greek words: mykes (fungus) and plasma (formed).

In a study published earlier in 1898, the first mycoplasma was isolated from the bovine pleuropneumonia agent, which is now known as M. mycoides

Over the next fifty years, the bacterium became known as pleuropneumonia-like organisms (PPLO) in various animals. Two scientists named Louis Dienes and Geoffrey Edsall detected first Mycoplasma isolated from humans in a Bartholin’s gland abscess, known as M. hominis in 1937.

Later on in 1944, M. pneumoniae was first isolated in tissue culture from the sputum of a patient with primary atypical pneumonia by Eaton et al.

However, its taxonomy remained unknown until the early 1960s, when it was scientifically proven to be a bacterium.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Mycoplasma SP

Since different species of the genus Mycoplasma cause different diseases, the symptoms vary completely depending on the condition we’re talking about.

For instance, M. pneumoniae causes walking pneumonia, whereas M. genitalium can lead to pelvic inflammatory diseases — both of which have completely different symptoms.

People who develop walking pneumonia typically suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Weakness and fatigue
  • A persistent headache
  • A sore, dry, or itchy throat
  • Chest pain when breathing deeply
  • Aches and pains in the muscles and joints
  • Flu-like symptoms, including fever, chill, and cold sweat
  • A persistent cough that may come in fits throughout the day

In comparison, pelvic inflammatory disease causes the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pain in your lower abdomen
  • Pain or bleeding when you have sex
  • Burning sensation when you urinate
  • An unusual discharge with an unpleasant odor from your vagina

Although none of those symptoms sound serious, health experts say that diseases caused by Mycoplasma sp can lead to more serious conditions if the bacterium is not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Mycoplasma SP

Since most species of the Mycoplasma genus are developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat them today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors prescribe antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin to treat a disease caused by a species of the Mycoplasma genus.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by Mycoplasma sp, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of catching a disease caused by Mycoplasma sp?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill Mycoplasma sp is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill Mycoplasma sp in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.