Summary: Fact or fiction? Morgellons disease is a condition in which people experience lesions and itchiness underneath the skin. Some medical experts believe these patients are suffering from delusional parasitosis instead of this new disease. Read this article and decide for yourself whether the disease is an exaggeration or a serious medical problem.
Morgellons disease is an illness that is hard to define. The name originally came from a condition involving "black hairs" or fibers emerging from the skin of children, first documented in France in the 1600's. These fibers may be several different colors and can be observed under a microscope. The disease is characterized by skin lesions, joint pain and crawling or itching sensations. Other symptoms include fatigue, memory loss, and mood swings.
Because Morgellons disease has not been officially defined by experts in the medical field it is difficult to diagnose in patients experiencing its symptoms. Many of these patients cannot receive treatment for the illness. There is no known cure for Morgellons disease.
Some medical experts, including dermatologists, believe that Morgellons is another name for delusional parasitosis. This is defined as people falsely believing parasites are crawling under their skin. Because of this delusion, these people tend to obsessively pick at their itchy skin, causing lesions. They may also pick at the lesions preventing them from healing. It is true that some people experience an itching sensation from underneath the surface of their skin. However, this symptom can be attributed to allergies, skin cancer, or several other diseases and illnesses. People who are convinced that parasites are the cause of the itching most likely suffer from delusional parasitosis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently researching Morgellons disease to determine if it should be recognized and defined as a true illness. For now, they simply call it unexplained dermopathy, or an unexplained skin disease. Some professionals do believe that Morgellons will be recognized in the future after more research has been done. Others remain indifferent on whether they believe the disease exists or not, citing lack of information as their reason for remaining silent on the issue.
The Morgellons Research Foundation is the main resource for people experiencing symptoms of the disease. There are over 13,000 families registered with the foundation which been active since 2002. Reported cases of Morgellons disease are widely spread, coming from each of the fifty US states, as well as several countries throughout the world. Adults and children alike suffer from the symptoms of the disease. It is not yet known whether the disease is genetic or contagious, as there has been evidence both for and against such assumptions. Currently, the disease seems to appear rather spontaneously in affected people.
Those people that believe they suffer from Morgellons disease want the illness to be officially diagnosed for a number of reasons. They want doctors and nurses to have compassion and understand the severity of the disease. If Morgellons disease is ultimately defined as a serious illness, many insurance companies may cover the costs of treatment. Patients want the disease to be defined so that funding will be provided for more research increasing the likelihood of discovering a cure, or at least treatment options for Morgellons disease.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you believe you or a loved one may have Morgellons disease:
¢ Consider a doctor's professional opinion before deciding that you undoubtedly have Morgellons disease. Though your symptoms may be closely related to Morgellons disease, they may actually be better defined as symptoms of other diseases such as Lyme disease.
¢ Pay attention to the latest news about Morgellons disease. Keep in mind that some media outlets are more trustworthy than others. For example, reputable medical journals tend to provide more accurate information than websites written by people who are not medical professionals. Do not rely on evidence that comes from sources that are unreliable.
¢ Be wary of which Morgellons disease organizations to which you donate money. Although some people are sincere in their efforts to raise money to aid research efforts, many scammers are banking on the fact that the disease is becoming more well-known. If you choose to donate money, the Morgellons Research Foundation may be your best option. If you donate money on another website, at least make sure to use PayPal.