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Morgellons Disease: What Is It?

Friday, 04 April 2014 01:11 AM

Morgellons disease is considered a skin infection by many people. Morgellons disease is a condition in which affected people complain of many symptoms that closely relate to skin infections.

Symptoms of Morgellons Disease

Some of the symptoms of Morgellons disease include feeling of bugs crawling on the skin, burning or stinging sensations under the skin, and uncontrollable itching. Those reported with Morgellons disease reported symptoms of skin sores that appeared within a few days and took a long time to heal. In some with Morgellons disease, formation of very red scars was a peculiar symptom and was said to be formed due to the sores.
Other reported symptoms of Morgellons disease include joint pain, problems with the nervous system, difficulty in concentrating, and experiencing extreme fatigue. Some others with Morgellons disease have also complained of symptoms such as short-term memory loss and problems with sleeping properly. In a few others, tooth and hair loss were also noticed as Morgellons disease symptoms.

Is Morgellons Disease a Skin Infection?

While some dermatologists think that Morgellons disease could be a skin infection, many other doctors perceive that the symptoms of Morgellons disease actually have psychosomatic reasons rather than reasons associated with infections. In other words, it is considered that Morgellons disease is not actually a skin infection that affects people physically. Rather, Morgellons disease is a condition that is caused by delusional parasitosis in which patients are extremely obsessed with their skin and health or, in other cases, where patients tend to hallucinate or imagine that they have bugs crawling on their skin surface. Morgellons disease is also classified as unexplained dermopathy, since its causes are known and the symptoms cannot be directly related to physical conditions as in the case of normal skin infections.
According to various studies performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many of the people who reported symptoms of Morgellons disease had fibers under their skin more like those that appear in cotton, and the symptoms of skin sores actually seemed to have been formed due to the picking and scratching of the skin by the patient. In addition, many of those with Morgellons disease were previously associated with other conditions such as Lyme disease and hypothyroidism.
Most of the people who reported symptoms of Morgellons disease were white women, who had depression or struggles with drug abuse. It is still unclear if Morgellons disease is actually a skin infection or a psychosomatic disorder. Nevertheless, Morgellons disease symptoms can only be treated with combined treatments aimed at the dermatological and psychiatric causes.

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Morgellons disease is thought to be a skin infection characterized by symptoms of intense burning and stinging under the skin, extreme itching, and severe skin sores. However, many doctors are investigating the causes of Morgellons disease and have reported the symptoms more psychiatric in nature.
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