Morgellons disease (MD) is an unusual skin disorder in about four of every 100,000 people. It is a disorder often classified as delusional parasitosis. People with MD usually test positive for the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria or already have a diagnosis of Lyme disease. It is important to know the causes, symptoms, stages, and treatment for the disease.
Advanced Morgellons Disease Explained
Someone with Morgellons disease has the rare symptoms of skin lesions appearing suddenly. The lesions appear to have filaments protruding from them as if they rise from the lesion. The filaments are colorful, with most people reporting seeing white, red, blue, green, and black colors. Furthermore, the fibers seem to resemble tiny textile fibers.
Along with color fibers, people say they feel something crawling on their skin. Morgellons disease is controversial among practitioners, with some believing it is a delusional infestation. Because of its connection to Lyme disease, people can also expect to experience symptoms of being infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. Morgellons disease and its symptoms develop in stages.
Stages of Morgellons Disease
Morgellons lesions resemble lesions associated with syphilis. Primary, secondary, and tertiary stages range from mild to moderate to severe symptom appearance and pain. Using Lyme disease terminology, four stages define Morgellons disease.
- Early localized MD lesions and fibers appear for less than three months in only one area on the body, typically the head, torso, arms, or legs.
- Early disseminated lesions are present for under three months but appear in multiple locations on the body, including the head, torso, arms, and legs.
- Late localized lesions and fibers appear for over six months but are localized to one area on the body, typically the head, trunk, arms, or legs.
- Late disseminated lesions and fibers are present for over six months and may appear in multiple locations on the body, including the head, trunk, and limbs.
The late localized and disseminated stages represent advanced MD due to the spreading bacteria in the body.
Diagnosing Advanced Morgellons Disease
Staging helps doctors form an accurate diagnosis. Further criteria for receiving a diagnosis of MD include multi-colored fibers embedded in or protruding from the skin in the initial stages. In secondary stages, one or more of the following is present:
- Ulcerative lesions
- Repetitive scratching
- Hair loss
- Dry skin, with or without flaking
- Painful sensations like burning, itching, or stinging
- Abnormal pigmentation
Reports claim people with MD may have tell-tale signs, like bringing in a box or bag full of tiny items they claim to have pulled from their lesions. Patients claim the items are textiles but have no textile properties upon further analysis. They are made of keratin and collagen. Any salt-like appearances are due to salt byproducts.
More Symptoms of Advanced Morgellons Disease
Because Morgellons disease is directly connected to Lyme disease, they will experience the symptoms of Lyme disease, which also increase in stages. Below is a description of each.
- Early localized symptoms include headaches, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, neck stiffness, sweat, chills, fever, nausea, and a bulls-eye rash. Not everyone has the same symptoms. Some may not even get a rash. Symptoms in this stage usually appear within the first thirty days of infection.
- Early disseminated symptoms include all the ones listed in the first stage, plus facial paralysis, weakness in the arms and legs, vision changes, palpitations, arrhythmias, chest pain, and various rashes.
- Late disseminated symptoms can appear months or years after infection, spreading throughout the body and the nervous system. Chronic symptoms may include all of the symptoms in the first two stages, plus arthritis, vertigo, dizziness, tendon and joint pain, chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, mental health disorders, brain fog, and heart problems.
Causes of Advanced Morgellons Disease
A bacterial infection from a deer tick bite causes Morgellons disease. When a tick latches onto your body, it begins searching for a place to embed itself under your skin to feed on your blood. Once it begins feeding, it transfers bacteria into your bloodstream. In this case, the bacteria is Borrelia burgdorferi.
Once in your system, bacteria multiplies and spreads to other areas in your body. If Lyme disease is left untreated, symptoms become chronic and worsen. Morgellons disease is a result of untreated Lyme disease. Therefore, the sooner you get an accurate Lyme disease diagnosis, the better. There are effective treatments to alleviate the symptoms and eliminate Lyme bacteria from your system.
Treatment for Advanced Morgellons Disease
Diagnosis and treatment should be given by a Lyme-literate doctor specializing in infectious and rare diseases. Antibiotics are the first line of treatment for Lyme and Morgellons diseases. Where a general practitioner may prescribe two or three weeks of oral antibiotics, a Lyme-literate doctor can administer intravenous antibiotics that attack bacteria directly in your bloodstream.
Lyme-literate doctors, like Dr. Morales at Lyme Mexico, offer multiple advanced treatments, including the following MD cocktail protocols:
- IV antibiotics
- IV antimicrobials
- IV antiparasitic agents
- IV colloidal silver
Additional treatments for MD include hyperthermia, a process that uses your body’s natural internal temperature to flush out Lyme bacteria. Raising and lowering your temperature is done by your Lyme-literate doctor using advanced equipment.
Another treatment is immunotherapy or immune modulation. Low-dose therapies can activate an under-productive immune system or suppress an over-active immune system.
Steps to Take to Ensure Successful Treatment
The first step in getting effective treatment is to contact a Lyme-literate doctor. Make your goal to be treated by a leading doctor in the industry, even if that means traveling outside the country. The second step is to call your Lyme-literate doctor for a consultation in which you will ask questions and gather information.
Find support by connecting with others who share your symptoms of Lyme disease, like with social media sites for online groups. Finally, make your healing a priority. Commit to giving yourself the best treatment out there. Don’t waste time meeting with multiple specialists who may or may not know how to treat your condition. You deserve relief from your painful symptoms. Call a Lyme-literate doctor like Dr. Morales today.