Bizarre Diseases: Morgellons
The CDC describes Morgellons Disease: “Persons who suffer from this condition report a range of cutaneous symptoms including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and/or skin lesions (e.g., rashes or sores) and some sufferers also report systemic manifestations such as fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in vision.”
Victims complain of skin rashes or sores that can cause intense itching, crawling sensations on and under the skin, often compared to insects moving, stinging or biting, fibers, threads or black stringy material in and on the skin, severe fatigue, inability to concentrate and short-term memory loss, behavioral changes, joint pain and vision changes.
Some health professionals believe that signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease are caused by another condition, often mental illness.
Other health professionals don’t acknowledge Morgellons disease or are reserving judgment until more is known about the condition.
We’re a long way from understanding this disease and hopefully helping patients, but like such conditions as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, it’s likely to take a famous person getting the disease before someone starts to consider it as a legitimate diagnosis, much less figure out its origins.
And, no, Peter Parker might relate, but I don’t think any time soon we’ll be renaming it “Webbing Disease.”