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Bacterial Biofilms

Biofilms form when a single planktonic microbe clings to a surface. These planktons are single cells that can be made up of harmful bacteria, yeast, some species of parasites, and microorganisms. In the human body, the microbe finds an adhesion site on tissues, organs, or mucous layers of tissues. They form a network of shielded complex structures to create colonies and microcolonies within them. When these microorganisms form into biofilms within a human host, they multiply, and disperse within the colony to either infect the host or exacerbate infections to become chronic, making them difficult to treat and manage.

Some of the chronic infections linked to biofilms include: urinary tract infection (UTI), vulvovaginitis, prostatitis, dysbiosis, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).   These microorganisms become difficult to detect using most of the standard or less sensitive pathology testing because they are discreetly shielded within the biofilms. They develop an intense resistance to antibiotics and other conventional antimicrobial agents.

The use of antibiotics alone may not be effective in overcoming biofilm infections. In order to eliminate, disrupt, and or reduce bacterial biofilm formation within the host, a well-penetrating antibiotic regimen and pharmaceutical grade anti-biofilm nutritional and herbal supplements is an effective approach. The providers at Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia (CPPC) will use a functional medicine approach to address your concerns and tailor a specific treatment regimen to combat biofilm infections.

Dr. Melissa A. Delgado and her clinical staff at the CPPC have been successful in helping several patients using this approach. They are ready to answer any questions or discuss your current health issues with them. Request an appointment using our online booking system or call the office at 571-261-8069. 

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