The Analyst™

Comprehensive diagnosis of your symptoms

Healthy

  Morgellons Disease  
 
Search treatments and conditions
Signs, symptoms and indicators | Conditions that suggest it | Contributing risk factors | Other conditions that may be present | It can lead to... | Recommendations

 

Thousands of patients across the United States are suffering from the strange symptoms of Morgellons Disease, which includes burning or itching sensations on the skin, and also the feeling of bugs crawling over, under or on top of it.

In some ways, the disease mimics the effects of scabies or lice, but with some important differences.

The disease is characterized by open sores on your face and body, and string-like fibers emerging from the skin. The wounds often appear as if fibers have been imbedded in them, along with seed-like granules and black material. However, some patients experience the physical symptoms of Morgellons, yet have no overt skin lesions.

The disease can also cause extreme problems with short-term memory, mental concentration and mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder). Ten percent of the children affected by Morgellons also suffer from autism spectrum disorders.

The fibers have led some doctors to theorize that the roots of the disease stem from an environmental cause, rather than something produced from within the body. If this is the case, the open sores are likely caused by scratching. [American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2006; 7(1): pp.1-5]

There are many web sites reporting personal and collective experience with this condition. Doing a search is a requirement for anyone with symptoms of this mysterious condition.

On 4 November 2009, the CDC issued a preliminary report based on an external peer review of the project underway to investigat this condition. The report stated that "Data collection has been completed and analysis is ongoing."[This report also explained that any findings would most likely be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal once data analysis is complete and results are available. This site should prove to be a valuable resource for those inquirying into this condition.
 

 
 

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Morgellons Disease:
 
 
Symptoms - Mind - General  Short-term memory failure
  Trouble concentrating

Symptoms - Skin - General

  Sensation of crawling skin
  Terrible/moderate/mild burning skin
  Itchy skin
 
 

Conditions that suggest Morgellons Disease:
 
 
Mental  Depression
  Bipolar Disorder, Manic-Depressive
 
 

Risk factors for Morgellons Disease:
 
 
Infections  Chronic / Hidden Infection
 This data review of Morgellons disease reports that the condition can be characterized as a physical human illness
with an often-related delusional component in adults. All medical histories support that behavioral aberrancies onset only after physical symptoms. The identified abnormalities include both immune deficiency and chronic inflammatory markers that correlate strongly with immune cytokine excess.

The review of 251 current NLM DP references leads us to the possibility that Morgellons disease and DP are grossly truncated labels of the same illness but with the reversal of the cause-effect order. Further, the patients’ data suggest that both illnesses have an infectious origin. [Journal of Medical Case Reports 2009, 3:8243]

Symptoms - Mind - General

Counter-indicators:
  Absence of short-term memory loss

Symptoms - Skin - General

Counter-indicators:
  Absence of burning skin
  Absence of crawling skin
 
 

Morgellons Disease suggests the following may be present:
 
 
Infections  Chronic / Hidden Infection
 This data review of Morgellons disease reports that the condition can be characterized as a physical human illness
with an often-related delusional component in adults. All medical histories support that behavioral aberrancies onset only after physical symptoms. The identified abnormalities include both immune deficiency and chronic inflammatory markers that correlate strongly with immune cytokine excess.

The review of 251 current NLM DP references leads us to the possibility that Morgellons disease and DP are grossly truncated labels of the same illness but with the reversal of the cause-effect order. Further, the patients’ data suggest that both illnesses have an infectious origin. [Journal of Medical Case Reports 2009, 3:8243]
 
 

Morgellons Disease can lead to:
 
 
Mental  Depression
 
 

Recommendations for Morgellons Disease:
 
 
Drug  Antibiotics
 "Cure is a word I am hesitant to use, but I have met one person who has been symptom free for about 3 years after discontinuing treatment. That person reported that they did a long-term course of high-dose antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-helmenthic meds. Several people have claimed to be cured, but this is the only one I have personally met that has remained symptom-free for multiple years after discontinuing all treatments. I am not a physician and can give no recommendations for treatment. This person was not seen or treated by any physicians at OSU-CHS. I am merely passing this information on as a personal observation. I will keep working to try to identify the cause of Morgellons. At the moment I have no research-based, front-runners for the cause."

With respect,

Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D.
Director, OSU-CHS Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Oklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences

  Conventional Drugs / Information
 Many dermatologists refute the suggestion that this is an actual disease but instead indicate that many of these patients have psychological problems or other common skin disorders. Many psychiatirsts recommend antipsychotic drugs, as they consider the condition an imaginary parasitosis.
 
 


KEY
Weak or unproven link
Strong or generally accepted link
Proven definite or direct link
Weakly counter-indicative
Strongly counter-indicative
Very strongly or absolutely counter-indicative
May do some good
Likely to help