What is Morgellons?
Morgellons disease (Morgellons syndrome) is a relatively new and poorly understood problem, most visibly affecting the skin. It is characterized by uncomfortable sensations in and/or under the skin, such as “biting”, “stinging” or “clawing”. These are often accompanied by small black or colored granules or micro-fibers, which may protrude from the skin. The sites where the micro-fibers exit the skin are frequently accompanied by persistent and poorly healing sores/ lesions.
How common is Morgellons?
Morgellons disease is a relatively rare condition that most frequently affects middle-aged white women. A cluster of cases occurred in California, which prompted the CDC to conduct a research study to determine if the cases were somehow related. Another study conducted in London reviewed five years of cases, from 2003 to 2008, and found 18 patients with a diagnosis of unexplained dermopathy or Morgellons. Of these, 83 percent were middle-aged women and 69 percent were white.
However, it can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
What are the symptoms of Morgellons?
People who have Morgellons disease report the following signs and symptoms:
- Skin rashes or sores that can cause intense itching
- Crawling sensations on and under the skin, often compared to insects moving, stinging or biting
- Fibers, threads or black stringy material in and on the skin
- Severe fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Short-term memory loss
- The intense itching and open sores associated with Morgellons disease can severely interfere with a person’s quality of life.
Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control note that the signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease are very similar to those of a mental illness involving false beliefs about infestation by parasites (delusional parasitosis).
When should I see my doctor?
Early diagnosis and treatment can stop Morgellons from worsening and prevent another medical emergency, so talk to your doctor as soon as possible to prevent this serious condition.
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consulting with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
What causes Morgellons?
Morgellons disease is unexplained skin disorder characterized by sores, crawling sensations on and under the skin, and fiber-like filaments emerging from the sores. It’s not certain what these strings are. Some say they are wisps of cotton thread, probably coming from clothing or bandages. Others say they result from an infectious process in the skin cells. Further study is needed.
One thing that is also unusual about Morgellons disease is its geographic spread. Unlike most diseases, which are spread around fairly evenly, Morgellons seems to occur in clusters, suggesting that it may have some environmental or infective origin.
Diagnosis & Treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is Morgellons diagnosed?
To diagnose Morgellons as a disease by antibodies might be difficult, but at least one should start first with usual blood tests for spirochetal infections and typical co-infections. Some survey and interviews with thousands of Morgellons sufferers showed that many are suffering from Lyme disease (45%) and other unknown multibacterial infections. But Lyme disease is not Morgellons.
Using the DNS standard test by means of the Polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR), until recently, PCR’s have been used as a good means for detection of many un-identified infections, as well as their identification by means of certain customary blood tests. However, now some of these tests for the antigens have unfortunately, become outdated because there are so many new strains and species and many antigens were still not isolated yet, like bacteria, fungi or viruses used by the pesticide industry.
One could also perform blood tests with the use of recombinant antigens specifically directed against Protozoan, Fungi, Bacteria, as well as other parasites of the internal organs. However, this could become also quite difficult, because presently there have been no antigens isolated from this new life form. In addition, usual testing should occur at least 6 weeks after exposure, in order to insure adequate time for an immune response to be demonstrated on clinical test findings.
How is Morgellons treated?
There is no known cure for Morgellons. Treating any medical or psychiatric problems that occur at the same time as Morgellons may help ease Morgellons symptoms in some patients.
A team of medical researchers also recommend that patients with these symptoms should undergo psychiatric evaluation.
Lifestyle changes & Home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage Morgellons?
The signs and symptoms linked to Morgellons disease can be distressing. Even though health professionals may disagree about the nature of the condition, you deserve compassionate treatment. To manage your signs and symptoms:
- Establish a caring health care team. Find a doctor who acknowledges your concerns, does a thorough examination and talks through treatment options with you.
- Be patient. Your doctor will likely look for known conditions that point to evidence-based treatments before considering a diagnosis of Morgellons disease.
- Keep an open mind. Consider various causes for your signs and symptoms and discuss your doctor’s recommendations for treatment — which may include long-term mental health therapy.
- Seek treatment for other conditions. Get treatment for anxiety, depression or any other condition that affects your thinking, moods or behavior.
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Review Date: February 19, 2017 | Last Modified: March 8, 2017