Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection typically causes no symptoms for 1 to 3 weeks following exposure. Early detection is challenging since the body does not always reveal an infection.
The infection might spread beyond your lungs. If this occurs, indicators of infection may include red blood cell breakdown, joint dysfunction, and skin rash.
Your doctor will use a stethoscope to listen for any odd sounds in your breathing to determine a diagnosis. A CT scan and chest x-ray may also be used to assist your doctor in making a diagnosis.
A mycoplasma pneumoniae infection does not need medication therapy. The illness will run its course without generating any major issues.
The individual typically recovers completely within a few weeks, but the cough may continue longer.
Typically, the doctor will advise:
- Staying at home and relaxing when you’re sick
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Taking OTC pain relievers to treat a sore throat or headache
Other treatment includes:
- Immunomodulatory therapy