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Reader with Worms Emerging from Skin Needs Immediate Medical Attention

A reader wrote to us in an understandable frenzy because she has white worms (or worm-like things) coming out of her skin. She included the following picture: Continue reading [...]
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Fearful Mom Wants to Identify Worm or Parasite

One of our readers, a mother of four with many pets, sent us a series of photographs of specimens found in her sink. She is concerned with keeping her family healthy and wonders if any of the photos resemble any parasite we have identified in our research.  To address her concern and complaint of multiple sores on her body, we certainly recommend that this reader seek medical advice, and take a list of her household pets with these photos when she does.We cannot make diagnoses or provide advice of a medical nature. However, we do observe hairlike lines across at least two of the images she sent which may indeed be hairs. With animals present in the house, we might suggest that if the objects she photographed came from the nasal (nose) or tracheal (windpipe/throat) of herself or a family Continue reading [...]
Morgellons Disease Conference

Morgellons Disease Conference

The Morgellons Disease Conference, which is also called the Medical-Scientific Conference of Morgellons Disease, is an annual event that started seven years ago. The focus of the conference, which is put on by The Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation, is of course Morgellons disease, an ailment that is characterized by a number of cutaneous symptoms (i.e., symptoms that affect the skin). People who suffer from Morgellons report stinging, biting, and crawling sensations on their skin, and some say they feel as if (and believe that) there are worms (or something like worms) underneath their skin. The annual Morgellons Disease Conference presents the latest research concerning the ailment, and specifically aims to inform healthcare providers of new developments in the field. Continue reading [...]
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Parasites that Cause Skin and Scalp Itching: Morgellons Disease?

We received a very distressing email from a reader recently who is suffering from some sort of parasitic infection, or what is believed to be a parasitic infection. The parasite is complicated. It is decribed as white with a "hard ribbed outer shell," and it can curl up or lie flat. It is under the skin of the reader, but it can break through, and it causes a lot of itching and discomfort. "Tangles of very small worms" are also somehow related to the parasite's life cycle, but it is not clear how. (Are the thin, small worms somehow part of the parasite or are they a separate parasite? Or perhaps they are they actually the parasite itself at some stage in its life cycle?) While we are by no means qualified to render a diagnosis (and so we aren't), our reader's description brings to mind that of Morgellons disease, a very strange ailment that the medical community regards as a "delusional infestation," even though the afflicted swear the disease is physical and not mental. Continue reading [...]

Morgellons

Morgellons, more fully known as Morgellons disease or Morgellons syndrome, is a bizarre condition characterized by various symptoms that affect the skin (called "cutaneous symptoms"). People suffering from Morgellons report biting, stinging, and crawling sensations underneath their skin (or on their skin). These symptoms can feel like thin worms crawling underneath one's skin. People with Morgellons disease also report black threads or fibers on their skin, as well as on materials like clothing. Those afflicted with Morgellons sometimes experience additional skin problems, like rashes or sores. Although real to the afflicted individuals, Morgellons is regarded by the medical community as a delusional infestation. Despite extensive studies, those suffering from Morgellons were found to have no pathogenic infestations, and researchers believe that the symptoms of Morgellons are delusions. People suffering from Morgellons disease are therefore believed to be suffering from psychological problems or other common skin diseases, according to the medical community. Just the same, Morgellons isn't perfectly understood, and some even remain convinced that the disease is not strictly psychological. Continue reading [...]

Squirming Underneath the Skin: Could it be Morgellons?

In addition to a squirming underneath the skin or a feeling that thin worms are crawling underneath the skin, individuals with Morgellons Disease report black threadlike materials on the skin or black specks or materials on the clothing. Continue reading [...]