We have on this page listed several opinions of what is happening.
At the end of this page you'll find several links to different TV stories that have covered this mystery so far.
The pictures on the left are from http://crossinglines.net/ which was kind enough to allow me to copy their pictures, On their site as well you'll find some discussion groups and reports from what other people have been experiencing. If you are experiencing some skin condition that is literally driving you crazy - you are not alone.
As a licensed California primary health care provider (acupuncture, medicinal herbalist, homeopathy) I get many calls from people who are trying to resolve skin conditions, that for some reason or another, western medicine has not been successful. Needles to say these people are frustrated.
My own daughter (now 9 years old, suffered for over 3 years after receiving her multiple vaccines for school. The State of California now does not permit those vaccines to be given and has since changed to a "safer" vaccine though they insist skin rashes and vaccines are not related.). In my opinion it is now more important that ever to report skin conditions to your medical doctor for testing and to search for some answers. Even if you are receiving alternative treatments, and those treatments appear successful, please do follow-up.
The Following Six Signs or Symptoms Are The Basis of Morgellons Disease as it is presently being researched by the Morgellons Research Foundation, http://www.morgellons.org/casedef.html As a caution please remember that although this group (Morgellons Research Foundation) has given it a name and is in the process of trying to understand what is happening - no one knows for sure...
1. Skin lesions, both spontaneously appearing and self-generated, with intense itching. The former may initially appear as “urticarial-like”, or as “pimple-like” with or without a white center. The latter appear as linear or “picking” excoriations. Even when not self-generated, lesions often progress to open wounds that heal abnormally and usually incompletely. (e.g., heal very slowly with discolored epidermis or seal over with a thick gelatinous outer layer.)
2. Crawling sensations, both within and on the skin surface. Often conceptualized by the patient as “bugs moving, stinging or biting” intermittently. Besides the general dermis, may also involve the scalp, nares, ear canal, and body hair or hair follicles. The sensations are at times related to the presence of easily seen insects, arthropods, and other human and non-human associated parasites that require serious attention from the observing clinician.
3. Fatigue significant enough to interfere with the activities for daily living.
4. Cognitive difficulties, including measurable short term memory and attention deficit, as well as difficulty processing thoughts correctly. Described by patients as "brain fog".
5. Behavioral effects are common in many patients. Many have been or will be diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. A minority do not show this pattern. Almost all, if previously seen by well-read physicians without prolonged observation, will have been labeled as “Delusional Parasitosis”. Temporal relationship to skin lesion onset is not known.
6.“Fibers” are reported in and on skin lesions. They are generally described by patients as white, but clinicians also report seeing blue, green, red, and black fibers, that fluoresce when viewed under ultraviolet light (Wood's lamp). Objects described as “granules”, similar in size and shape to sand grains, can occasionally be removed from either broken or intact skin by physicians, but are commonly reported by patients. Patients report seeing black “specks” or “dots” on or in their skin, as well as unusual 1-3 mm “fuzzballs” both in their lesions and on (or falling from) intact skin.
OTHER COMMONLY REPORTED SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS
1. Change in visual acuity.
2. Numerous neurological findings. A variety of neurological symptoms have been reported. Some patients have been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and other well-known and recognized disorders, while others display significant symptoms not falling into any well-defined neurological category.
3. Gastrointestinal symptoms, which may include dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux, and/or changes in bowel habits often similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
4. Neuropsychiatric symptoms and signs, ranging from mood or personality changes to diagnosed disorders including Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and occasionally frank psychosis. Temporal relationship to skin lesion onset is not known
5. Acute changes in skin texture and pigment. The skin is variously thickened and thinned, with an irregular texture and irregular hyperpigmentation pattern. The changes resemble age associated sun-exposure skin damage, but typically appear acutely
6. Skin examination often reveals excoriated and/or crusted lesions which, on examination with lighted magnification, are seen to have inclusions of variously colored (white, blue, black, or red) fibers. Skin examination may also reveal multiple hyper-pigmented macules, and an increase of what appears to be villous hair on arms and face.
7. Arthralgias are reported by many patients.
8. Associated diagnoses which have been commonly reported in this patient population include Borreliosis (better known as Lyme Disease), Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
OTHER COMMONLY REPORTED OBSERVATIONS
1. Most patients will have sought care from multiple medical care providers. A large number will have been diagnosed with Delusional Parasitosis likely because of the juxtaposition of unexplained skin lesions and sensations and psychiatric overlay. Unfortunately, almost none will have received an appropriate diagnostic physical examination (particularly a microscopic or biopsy examination of lesions), but will have been diagnosed by history alone with grossly incomplete observation.
2. Most of these patients feel abandoned by the traditional medical care system and have sought alternative care providers or have self medicated, seriously compounding an already difficult medical situation
LABORATORY AND OTHER DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION
To date, there have been no formal laboratory or imaging studies done in this patient group. There are some reasonably consistent clinical findings, however, that need further examination, in controlled studies, to be corroborated or refuted.
REVIEWED BY: Medical Advisory Board / Morgellons Research Foundation
William T. Harvey, MD,
Michael Ledtke, MD
Ginger Savely, RN, FNP-C
Raphael B. Stricker, MD
Gregory V. Smith, MD, FAAP
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examine a dozen or so swabs or Q-tips,
or cosmetic cotton balls.
Concentrate on watching the filaments that are sticking out randomly from the rest of the wound cotton. Give each one a minute or two of examination. See anything that appears to be acting in a rather "uncommon" cotton fiber manner.
Place the cotton beneath a jar if air movements are a problem.
Not all cotton appears to be infected, but much of it is. Of the last 5 boxes of Q-tips I bought and examined, 4 of them were full of these parasites.
On some of the individual swabs you may see s 3 or 4 parasites.
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have a violent and negative reaction to
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organism. Any physical activity will
usually bring many to the surface of the
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They are also not fond of ammonia. It not only kills them, but prior to being terminated, it tends to irritate them to no end.
One final note. The initial sign of infection is usually a rash that itches intensely. This rash will bleed at once when scratched. It can last from a few days to a few weeks. Nothing will seem to remedy it. It is often mistaken for scabies or poison oak. No known medicine will soothe it. It will then suddenly disappear as quickly as it appeared. Upon occasion the rash may return briefly for a period usually shorter than the initial rash. This can happen any time within a year of the first outbreak.
Following the rash, a period of incubation occurs in the body of the host. This can take anywhere from 3 months to up to 3 years. Then, the worm emerges and the production of fibers begins. The worm lives on body fluids such as blood and spinal fluids. Chronic fatigue, open lesions and depression, and an impaired immune system leading to other complications, (in the same manner as AIDS works as a facilitator) are some of the higher visibility manifestations in this progressive state of the disease.
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