Morgellons disease

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Morgellons disease, or more properly "the Morgellons"[1], is a neologism adapted from a very old medical reference and used by Mary Leitao, of McMurray, Pennsylvania, to describe her child's rash, which doctors described as common eczema.

The first recorded occurrence in English of a similar condition was from the Languedoc region of France by Sir Thomas Browne who said in a Letter to a Friend[2]:

Hairs which have most amused me have not been in the Face or Head, but on the Back, and not in Men but Children, as I long ago observed in that Endemial Distemper of little Children in Languedock, called the Morgellons, wherein they critically break out with harsh Hairs on their Backs, which takes off the Unquiet Symptomes of the Disease, and delivers them from Coughs and Convulsions.

The letter dates from the mid 1600s[3] Medical interest in the condition continued until the 1800s.

Proponents of the disease describe it as a series of sores on the skin, out of which grow small colored (usually red, blue or black) fibers. The sores are certainly not caused by picking at the skin due to drug addiction and the fibers are certainly not bits of clothing that get stuck to the sores in the course of the day, so don't even think about it.

Some conspiracy theorists have even linked Morgellons to chemtrails[4][5] claiming that fibres, nanobots or "synthetic model organisms" are being sprayed into the upper atmosphere.

The primary scientist involved in the syndrome is Dr. Randy Wymore, an assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology at Oklahoma State University.

The CDC deems the disease an "unexplained skin condition" or "unexplained dermopathy."[6] However as of January 2012, after the CDC completed one of the most rigorous studies it had ever conducted, no infection, agent or evidence of the disease was found.[7]. Sufferers say this is typical of a government agent trying to hide something.

Most doctors believe that Morgellons is not an actual skin disease, but is in fact delusional parasitosis.[8]

Some claims for the cause of the condition are opportunistic infections in an individual with a lowered immune system, mercury poisoning (from felt hatbands) and dental sealents(Neurocutaneous Syndrome ) [9]. The description of symptoms historically make it difficult to tell if the same disease is actually occuring.

Some success in treating the condition has been made with antibiotics where test have confirmed the presence of Borrelia (spirochete bacterium), babesia (protozoan) or Chlamydophila pneumonia. This success tends to support the opportunistic infection idea but needs more research.

The condition has attracted some alternative treatments such as colloidal silver to purge the toxic materials.

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  1. Morgellons is probably an English corruption of French "masquelons" which in turn is thought to be derived from "mouscloun" or "mouscouloun" meaning the hook which is attached to the end of a spindle (Annals of Medical History, n.s., VII (1935), 467-479 SIR THOMAS BROWNE AND THE DISEASE CALLED THE MORGELLONS, By C.E. KELLETT, M.D., M.R.C.P.).
  2. Letter to a Friend]
  3. Browne is believed to have visited Montpellier c. 1630 but the date of the letter is uncertain. It was later published in 1690.(Index to the works of Sir Thomas Browne at the University of Chicago).
  6. Unexplained Dermopathy (aka "Morgellons")
  8. Fake diseases, false compassion, an article at Science-Based Medicine by our own PalMD
  9. Dental Sealants Neurocutaneous Syndrome
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