Morgellons disease is a mysterious skin disorder characterized by disfiguring sores and crawling sensations on and under the skin. Although Morgellons disease isn't widely recognized as a medical diagnosis, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating reports of the condition, which they refer to as unexplained dermopathy.
According to the Morgellons Research Foundation, primary signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease include:
Skin lesions, often accompanied by pain or intense itching
Fibers — which may be white, blue, red or black — in and on the lesions
Crawling sensations on and under the skin, often compared to insects moving, stinging or biting
Joint and muscle pain
Fatigue significant enough to interfere with daily activity
Inability to concentrate and difficulty with short-term memory
Other signs and symptoms may include:
Changes in vision
Stomach pain or other gastrointestinal symptoms
Changes in skin texture and color
Morgellons disease shares characteristics with various recognized conditions, including attention-deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder and a mental illness involving false beliefs about infestation by parasites (delusional parasitosis).
Reports of Morgellons disease have been made in every state in the United States and various countries around the world. Most reported cases are clustered in California, Texas and Florida. Resource: Mayo Clinic Staff
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