What's to Know About Morgellons Disease?

Q:
What’s to know about morgellons disease?

A:
Doctors and scientists don’t understand morgellons disease very well. They disagree on whether it’s a physical or psychological illness.

People with the disease have thread-like fibers under the skin and feel like insects are biting and crawling under the skin. Other symptoms include:

  • Itching.
  • Score skin.
  • Hair loss.
  • Tooth loss
  • Short-term memory loss.
  • Difficulty falling asleep.
  • Fatigue.
  • Difficulty focusing on tasks.

Causes are unknown. There is also no cure for the disease. However, treating conditions that appear at the same time as the disease may be helpful.

Scientists advise those who have the signs to have psychiatric evaluation.

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Up to today, the morgellons disease(MD) is still an unexplained skin condition. Some doctors recognize the condition as a delusional infestation and treat it with cognitive behavioral therapy, antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs and counseling. Others think the symptoms are related to an infectious process in skin cells.

The research on Morgellons by multiple groups over decades has yielded conflicting results.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concluded that the condition isn’t caused by an infection or parasites. The CDC study of 115 people with Morgellons, which the CDC refers to as an unexplained dermatopathy, showed that most of the fibers in the skin wounds were cotton. The CDC report noted that the condition is most often seen in middle-aged white women, and its symptoms are very similar to those of a mental illness involving false beliefs about infestation by parasites (delusional infestation).

Some small studies have linked MD with Lyme disease, or underactive thyroid, or bovine digital dermatitis, but none of them have been proved or confirmed.

Further, multiple studies report a possible link between Morgellons and infection with Borrelia spirochetes.

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Borrelia, a spirochetal bacterium, has been detected in Morgellons study subjects so far. Borrelia is detected by multiple methods in abundance within Morgellons skin lesions including culture. Other bacteria commonly found in some but not all Morgellons skin lesions include H. pylori, Bartonella and Treponema denticola.

Research has determined that the filaments and shed materials are products of epithelial cells and are composed of collagen and keratin. Filaments can often be visualized stemming directly from cells and a retained nucleus can often be visualized at the base of the filament. The coloring of the filaments is not well understood but research has shown that the blue filaments contain granules of melanin.

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Morgellons disease is now a public health concern, but the treatment is inconclusive. Some people who suspect they have Morgellons disease claim they’ve been ignored or dismissed as fakers. In contrast, some doctors say that people who report signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease typically resist other explanations for their condition.

Other than the treatments a dermatologist can offer you,it’s probably helpful that people with similar experience share and help with each other.

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