Individuals suffering from Morgellons experience a wide variety of symptoms. Morgellons is a complicated affliction that is met by great skepticism in the medical community. Patients uniformly provide a laundry list of distinctive problems, but rarely resolve them. In many instances, a relationship to known diseases may be a key to finding a cure.
This affliction is sometimes referred to as Morgellons worm, Morgellons disease, or “fiber disease.” In fact, a common characteristic appears to be cellulose type fibers that erupt from skin lesions on any part of the body. Under an ultraviolet light, these are fluorescent and appear in colors that include black, blue, and white. At the same times these fibers appear, black specks are often present. Other objects apparently emerge from the skin as well, including small granular or shard-like substances. Pores on unbroken skin can ooze with a tarry, black goo and some sores may present tentacle-like debris coming from underneath the surface.
The lesions are sometimes crater-like and can appear on the head, torso, limbs and extremities. They may begin as pimples, becoming progressively larger. Vision sometimes is involved and may become blurry. Worm-like threads can emerge, then burrow under the skin, leaving a sore that is slow to heal, if it does at all.
In addition to these Morgellons symptoms, other less-visible discomforts may occur. Many sufferers describe tingles and prickly skin as if there are worms or bugs navigating just below the surface. Some have even reported seeing physical movement along with actual crawling sensations.
In addition to these disturbing incidents, Morgellons patients, or “Morgies,” also endure a range of other conditions.
-A dull feeling as if in a “brain fog.”
-Change in hair texture; often becomes wiry.
-Constant feeling of fatigue.
-Excessive hair growth, especially in nose and ears.
-Inability to sense extreme temperatures, as with scalding water, for instance.
Mentally, Morgellons can also mimic ADD/ADHD, cause or be a component of depression, and lead to extreme mood swings.
The professional stance remains that in most cases, a patient suffers from “delusional parasitosis.” Seeing and feeling creatures that don’t really exist is an accepted medical explanation, but this hallucinatory condition is certainly not true of all patients. Others are finding ties to Lyme disease and the presence of Borellia bacteria. They also believe that a lowered immunity leads to an infestation of sorts.
Due to the wide-ranging symptoms, Morgellons disease is gaining attention from the Centers for Disease Control. Authorities are eager to discover causes and especially to rule out any new and widespread contagious infection. With the focus on emerging diseases such as flesh-eating bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis), mad cow disease, and brain-eating amoeba, Morgellons and its symptoms deserve a closer look and, hopefully, a resolution.
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