Upcoming Virtual and In-Person Educational Events for Patients and Medical Professionals ➜ VIEW NOW

Learn about tick-borne illness, how it can become chronic, the challenges with traditional treatment options, and how patients can begin healing.

Mycoplasma Infections

by Dr. Jamie Kunkle

Mycoplasma refers to the over 100 species of very tiny bacteria (nearly the size of a virus) that lack a cell wall and cause a wide range of symptoms and infections.

Almost everyone is believed to carry mycoplasma in some form, which is usually a fairly benign part of the human body’s biome.

Mycoplasma can infect multiple tissues, including the skin, central nervous system, blood/endothelium (cells that line the blood and lymphatic vessels), heart, and joints.

Mycoplasma is parasitic and feeds off of our nutrients, disrupting cellular function.

This bacteria commonly thrives when the immune system is compromised – like in tickborne illnesses.

What is Mycoplasma pneumoniae?

The most well-known species is Mycoplasma pneumoniae (first discovered in 1898).

Mycoplasma pneumoniae creates an exotoxin that increases the virulence of the infection. It can even cause walking pneumonia in children.

Mycoplasma hominis causes sexually transmitted infections. And related, Ureaplasma species also cause urologic, gynecologic, and obstetric infections in men, women, and children.

Common symptoms of Mycoplasma pneumoniae:

  • Profound, often persistent fatigue
  • Persistent respiratory and airway symptoms – like a low-grade sore throat, shortness of breath, or cough sensation when taking a deep breath
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Joint and body aches/pain, fibromyalgia-type symptoms
  • Skin sensitivity (worse with touch or massage), crawling sensations, and rashes
  • Bladder and urinary tract symptoms: interstitial cysts or low-grade bladder irritation

Common conditions associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae:

  • Tickborne illnesses
  • Mold/Mycotoxin Illness
  • Anything affecting respiratory or vascular systems
  • Post COVID illnesses
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Autoimmunity – especially with profound joint/body pain, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis