Morgellons Disease

Introduction

An unusual and not well explained skin disease that is associated with mysterious fibers originating from the sores on the skin. Morgellons disease is now commonly known as delusional disease. The sores are due to the obsessive scratching and the nature of fibers is not clearly known. Some say that these fibers are cotton threads that might come from the clothing or bandages. On the other hand, some people think that these fibers are due to some infectious process within the cells of skin.

Symptoms

On the basis of the data collected from the patients of morgellons disease, following are the symptoms of the disease:

  • Soreness and rashes on the skin that cause severe itching and burning,
  • A sensation like some insect is crawling or stinging at the site of rash,
  • Thread like structures in or on the skin,
  • Ruthless fatigue along with depression, and
  • Short-term loss of memory and difficulty in thinking properly.

The sores and rashes caused by the morgellons disease can seriously disturb the life of patient.

Causes of Morgellons Disease

This is a disease related with uncommon skin, nerve and psychiatric symptoms sometimes referred to as fiber disease. An amazing fact seen in the patients with the disease is that they have hypothyroidism that is low thyroid development and functioning. It is interesting to know that the Caucasian females that are about 35 to 50 years old are more likely to develop this mysterious disease than other groups. Moreover, this disease is more commonly noticed in California and Texas than other states of U.S. Morgellons disease is observed in the patients of Lyme disease. Many researches thought that this disease is actually related to mental illness or some type of phobia in which patient feels that it is infested by the parasites. This disease is concluded as not contagious because research on this disease shows that this is not due to any infection. It is not also due to the result of some environmental toxins.

Treatment of Morgellons Disease

There is no particular medicine of this disease but there are some medicines that are beneficial in treating morgellons disease. These medicines actually treat psychosis or convulsions such olanzapine or pimozide respectively. Moreover, prognosis of morgellons disease is very difficult due to insufficient knowledge about the symptoms, causes and treatment of morgellons disease.

For Further Information

Exploring the association between Morgellons disease and Lyme disease: identification of Borrelia burgdorferi in Morgellons disease patients – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4328066/

  • mrslintroller

    Hi. I’ve been banned from a morgellons forum for saying my Dermatologist prescribed Risperidone. She explained clearly that it is being used off label for Morgellons, and at a much lower dose than for psychiatric illnesses.

    She does not know how it works, along with Dermol for the skin, and nothing else. She has seen people get better. Many she says.

    I agree it sounds bad what with Morgellons sometimes deemed delusional, and patients being prescribed this for being delusional, however, my Dermatologist has seen the fibers in all her patients!

    So with no other hope, and as I’m not being classed as delusional, have agreed to try the Risperidone. With all the above taken into account has anyone got any thoughts on this. Been taking 1 month now, and the fibers are still everywhere. She said it will give my immune system a break, and all the fibers will go, even checking with UV.

    Still waiting though. Starting dose 1mg per day. The plan is to maybe up this dose, and maybe include anti depressant. I am already on amyltryptline, and gabapentin due to chronic leg (inner thigh) pain no specialist could diagnose, but I now believe was caused by Morgellons.

    Just maybe she’s right. There’s a lot of people being warned off from taking this drug so its interesting to see.