"Morgellon's Disease" is a term used to describe a bizarre condition characterized by the belief that strange sensations in the skin are due to filaments called "Morgellon's Bodies." (1) With the advent of the Internet, sufferers from this poorly defined condition can readily self-diagnose themselves and also search for anecdotally unproven and potentially unnecessary treatments.
She indicated to physicians the website she used to diagnose "Morgellon's Disease" and offered suggestions concerning diagnostic tests and specialty referrals to request from primary care in order to solidify the diagnosis.
"Morgellon's Disease" is a title used by patients who believe that odd feelings in their skin are secondary to filaments called "Morgellon's Bodies." Several reports have summarized the literature available on Morgellon's, and it has been associated with innumerable potential etiologies including but not limited to psychosis, infectious agents, immune system deficiencies, chronic inflammatory processes, and even ivermectin toxicity.
Most seasoned psychiatrists can draw an easy correlation of "Morgellon's Disease" to delusional parasitosis, a rare, mono-symptomatic persistant psychosis or delusion involving infestation with parasites.
(9) This is the tip of the iceberg in ways that sufferers can be taken advantage of or outright harmed by those seeking to profit from their psychosomatic illness, and the claims made by businesses trying to sell to Morgellon's sufferers rapidly become ugly in nature.
Seeking to quantify the illness and investigate thoroughly its validity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a study on unexplained histopathology, naming it "Morgellon's Disease." They published guidelines standardizing what could be called a "case" of the disease as involving fibers brought in by patients, a noticeable lesion, and a strange sensation in the skin.
Amphetamines can cause the sensation of bugs crawling under the skin in acute intoxication, but are unlikely to cause "Morgellon's Disease," as the sensation goes away after amphetamine detoxification.
(14) Pimozide is argued as equally effective and safer in the treatment of "Morgellon's Disease" later in the year by the Archives of Dermatology.
While the symptoms of "Morgellon's Disease" are likely delusional or psychosomatic in nature, self-diagnosis and treatment based on quasi-scientific Internet resources is dangerous and can lead to morbidity and mortality, as well as financial destabilization.
Psychosis, Ivermectin Toxicity, and "Morgellon's Disease".