A reader recently sent us this message, “I’ve been diagnosed with Morgellons and have these worms or parasites that are in my hands, feet and face. I also cough them up 4 to 6 hours of the day. I’ve seen similar creatures from others that post to this site that say they have Lyme disease. I haven’t been tested yet so that’s on the list. But if anyone recognizes these things I have or knows how to kill them please let me know. I am tortured every minute of every day. They seem to come out of me nonstop for years now. Please help.” Along with this message, he sent us several photographs. Here is the first one:
The specimen is a tan/yellow color. Since there isn’t anything in the photo to scale the creature against, we don’t know the size of it. Also, our reader didn’t specify if this creature came from his hands, feet, or his face. The next photograph shows a similar looking organism. It almost looks like a piece of dead skin:
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Again, we don’t know its exact size, or where on his body this specimen came from. Since we are not medical professionals, we unfortunately aren’t able to offer our reader much help. We aren’t licensed to give medical advice of any kind, but we can share his story and photos in case any other readers are dealing with similar issues and want to connect. Here is the final photo:
As we stated above, we aren’t licensed medical professionals and therefore can’t administer medical advice or weigh in on medical matters. Since our reader mentioned that he has been diagnosed with Morgellons disease, we assume he has already been in to see a doctor. For anyone who might not be familiar with this disease, Morgellons is a relatively uncommon condition that isn’t fully understood and is a bit controversial, which may be why our reader is skeptical of his diagnosis. According to Mayo Clinic, “people who have Morgellons disease report the following signs and symptoms:
• Skin rashes or sores that can cause intense itching
• Crawling sensations on and under the skin, often compared to insects moving, stinging or biting
• Fibers, threads or black stringy material in and on the skin
• Difficulty concentrating
• Short-term memory loss
• Depressed mood
The intense itching and open sores associated with Morgellons disease can severely interfere with a person’s quality of life.” The Charles E. Holman Foundation notes that “Morgellons is closely associated with a spirochetal infection with Borrelia”, and that while there is no known universal cure, that “[m]any patients report significant improvement and remissions after receiving appropriate antimicrobial treatment targeted toward Borrelia and other associated pathogens.”