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Adeel Arshad

Authored on 24 January 2024 by Adeel Arshad,

Reviewed 24 January 2024 by Dr Ruch Karunadasa.

What is Ureaplasma?

Ureaplasma is a type of bacteria that can cause a range of infections, including respiratory, genital, and urinary tract infections. These bacteria are a common cause of infection in newborns and are also a common cause of infertility in both men and women.

Ureaplasma is a type of bacteria that belongs to the family Mycoplasmataceae. It is different from other bacteria because it lacks a cell wall, which makes it resistant to many common antibiotics. This makes it difficult to treat and can lead to serious complications if left untreated.

What are the symptoms of Ureaplasma?

Symptoms of Ureaplasma infections can vary depending on the type of infection and the part of the body that is affected. Common symptoms of respiratory infections caused by Ureaplasma include coughing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. These infections are often mild and may not cause any symptoms at all, but in some cases, they can lead to pneumonia or other serious complications.

What are the types of Ureaplasma?

Genital infections caused by Ureaplasma can cause discharge and burning sensations. These infections can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often mild and can be mistaken for other conditions, such as a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. In men, Ureaplasma infections can cause inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis) and can lead to infertility if left untreated. In women, Ureaplasma infections can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and can also lead to infertility.

Urinary tract infections caused by Ureaplasma can cause pain or burning when urinating. These infections are more common in women than in men and can be more serious in people with weakened immune systems.

How do you treat Ureaplasma?

Ureaplasma infections are treated with antibiotics, but because these bacteria are resistant to many common antibiotics, doctors may need to prescribe antibiotics that are specifically designed to target Ureaplasma. This may include macrolides, such as azithromycin, or tetracyclines, such as doxycycline.

In addition to antibiotic treatment, there are also a number of steps that can be taken to help prevent Ureaplasma infections. These include practicing good hygiene, avoiding close contact with people who have respiratory infections, and using condoms to prevent the spread of genital infections.

If you think you may have a Ureaplasma infection, it is important to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Ureaplasma infections can be difficult to treat and can lead to serious complications if left untreated. By following your doctor's instructions and taking steps to prevent the spread of these bacteria, you can help to protect yourself and others from these infections.

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