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Main Causes Of Morgellons Disease And Their Treatments

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Morgellons is a controversial and poorly understood condition in which unusual thread-like fibers appear under the skin. The patient may feel like something is crawling, biting, or stinging all over. Some medical experts say Morgellons is a physical illness. Others suggest it is a type of
psychosis called "delusional parasitosis," in which a person thinks parasites have infected their skin. Morgellons has drawn increasing attention since 2002, when a Pittsburgh woman named Mary Leitao launched a Web site describing skin sores and filamentlike structures emerging from her two-year-old son's s skin. After being inundated with e-mails from people complaining of similar symptoms, Leitao founded the
Morgellons Research Foundation (MRF) to raise awareness and secure research funding for the bizarre condition. Since then, nearly 14,000 families have reported Morgellons cases to MRF, although the actual number may be higher, the organization says .

To learn more about Morgellons, which many patients believe is caused by
parasites, we consulted Michael Cappello, a pediatrics professor and infectious disease specialist at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.
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Causes Of Morgellons Disease
There are reports of Morgellons disease in patients with Lyme disease . Many health care professionals believe that Morgellons disease is a form of psychosis that causes the person to imagine that they are infested by parasites (delusional parasitosis) rather than a diagnosis based upon physical signs. Research on this syndrome has so far not found it to be caused by an infection. It is therefore not contagious. This condition has not been found to be the result of an environmental toxins.
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Treatments For Morgellons Disease
Since a clinical classification of Morgellons Disease has not been universally accepted, optimal treatment for the disease remains unsettled. Nevertheless, several therapeutic principles have emerged, the earlier the treatment is initiated in the course of Morgellons Disease, the better the outcome appears to be; treatment should be aimed at the underlying tickborne disease prolonged combination antibiotic therapy may be necessary to eradicate dermopathy and antiparasitic therapy may be useful in some patients with MD. At this point, the most logical treatment is supported by the guidelines of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. Although treatment with antipsychotic agents has been proposed for patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms of Morgellons Disease , this treatment generally fails without concomitant therapy of the underlying tickborne disease. Individuals who suffer from this condition have been found to benefit from medications that treat psychosis or tics, like olanzapine ( Zyprexa , Zydis, Relprevv) or pimozide ( Orap ), respectively.



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Author: Richard Smith