What Is Morgellons Disease?
Defining Morgellons depends on who you ask and whether they believe it’s a legitimate physical disease rather than a mental disorder.
According to the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation, which treats Morgellons as a real illnes, there are six telltale signs of Morgellons 😛 TAGEND
1. Skin lesions that spontaneously show and are intensely itchy.
2. Crawling sensations, either on the skin’s surface or beneath it. The sensation is akin to people undergoing drug withdrawal who feel bugs crawling under their skin.
3. Intense fatigue that intervenes with day-to-day activity and productivity.
4. Memory loss and other cognitive difficulties that some sufferers have described as a “brain fog.”
5. Resultant mental illnesses such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder.
6. The perception of mysterious fibers arising from the skin lesions. These fibers are too small to be perceived under the naked eye but when exaggerated resemble sewing thread.
The condition is described as pure torture, and sufferers are often driven to extreme measures in an attempt to counteract it. They will booze Borax or insecticides or dewormers attained for large-scale animals in an attempt to driving the perceived infestation from their bodies. They will run sound waves over their feet or inject liquid nitrogen into affected areas.
Over 12,000 people worldwide claim to suffer the symptoms from this unofficial ailment that the medical industry has yet to officially realise. The most well known of these is 1970 s vocalist Joni Mitchell, who has claimed the following 😛 TAGEND
I have this weird, incurable cancer that seems like it’s from outer space activities. Fibers in a variety of colorings protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: They cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral.
How Morgellons Got Its Name
In 2001, a mom and biologist named Mary Leitao took her toddler son to the doctor due to his recurring lip sores. The boy had been grumbling that bugs were crawling under his scalp. After eight visits to eight different physicians , no one had any other explanation besides suggesting that Mary was mentally ill and was use her son as a prop to gain attention.
Mary was undeterred, however. She named the disease “Morgellons” after a treatise written in the 1600 s by an English physician named Thomas Browne who described a mystery illness affect them 😛 TAGEND
…that Endemial Distemper of little Children in Languedock, called the Morgellons, wherein they critically break out with harsh whiskers on their Backs, which takes off the unquiet Symptoms of the Disease, and delivers them from Coughs and Convulsions.
Leitao started the Morgellons Research Foundation in 2002. The foundation served as a networking hub for other people who felt they had the same illness; in 2014 the foundation shut down and all farther investigations were directed to Oklahoma State University.
Most Medical Authorities Consider It A Delusional Illness
Due mostly to the efforts of the Morgellons Research Foundation, serious medical entities were forced to take a sober look what i found disorder.
In 2012, the Center for Disease Control, after investigating 115 the individual who claimed to suffer from the illness, released a study called ““Clinical, Epidemiologic, Histopathologic and Molecular Features of an Unexplained Dermopathy.” Their conclusion was as follows 😛 TAGEND
We were not able to conclude based on this study whether this unexplained dermopathy represents a new circumstance . . . or wider recognition of an existing condition such as delusional infestation.
The CDC likewise claimed that the mystery “fibers” were mainly cotton strands from garment that had become embedded in open skin lesions.
The official medical term for people who erroneously belief bugs or worms are crawling under their scalp is “delusional parasitosis, ” and it is this affliction that most of the legitimate medical community belief characterizes Morgellons patients.
According to sociologist Robert Bartholomew, Morgellons is actually a sort of mass anxiety enabled by the Internet 😛 TAGEND
World Wide Web has become the incubator for mass hallucination and it( Morgellons) seems to be a socially transmitted disease over the Internet.
Accordingly, most medical authorities who encounter patients who allegation they have Morgellons are likely to prescribe antipsychotic drugs and behavioral therapy rather than approaching it as a real illness.
Are Those Mysterious Fibers Somehow Linked To Lyme Disease?
Despite the official opponent, medical researchers appear to be making inroads in studying Morgellons.
One recent study concluded that a whopping 98% of patients who identify with Morgellons have also is positive for Lyme disease or other tickborne sickness. The bacteria that is associated with Lyme disease, Borrelia, is often found in Morgellons patients as well.
Other studies on the fibers themselves have concluded that rather than being textile strands, they are in fact human biofibers composed of keratin and collagen generated by the body as an autoimmune have responded to tickborne illnesses.
According to medical researcher Melissa Fesler 😛 TAGEND
Morgellons is not a mystery. A plausible reason is supported by scientific indication. The fibers are human structural proteins. It results from an aberrant response to the presence of tickborne pathogens.
For now, the jury is out on Morgellons.
Is it a terrifying mental illness that makes its sufferers to lose their minds over a delusion that fibers are developing out of their scalp?
Or is it a terrifying scalp infection that induces sufferers to lose their thinkers because the world thinks they’re delusional?
And when all is said and done, which option is more terrifying?