The International Journal of General Medicine reports that Morgellons fibers are multicolored filaments found under or in the skin. They appear to come from the skin. For many years, this phenomenon was said to be a delusion, a figment of a person’s imagination.
Today, researchers know that they are not a delusion. There is a specific reason the Morgellons fibers exist.
Morgellons Fibers Explained
There are still debates on the fibers associated with Morgellons disease. One side claims the fibers are from clothes or furniture a person interacts with daily. The other side claims they are part of a Morgellons disease process, which produces skin lesions. In many cases, people report fibers coming up through the lesions.
Morgellons fibers are made of keratin and collagen. Many say they resemble textile fabrics, which may be one reason people mistake them for environmental contributors. Most filaments have red, white, blue, green, or black coloring.
The fibers form due to the rapid growth of keratinocytes and fibroblasts in epithelial tissues. These tissues cover body surfaces, cavities, and organs.
Keratinocytes and Fibroblasts
Keratinocytes and fibroblasts work together to maintain the optimal functioning of the skin. They also support balanced wound healing. If they are not working together, chronic wounds may occur.
Keratinocytes are the major cell types of the skin. It is the outermost layer and consists of 90% of the cells. They act as a barrier to foreign substances entering the body. They also hold in moisture, heat, and more. Keratinocytes become immunomodulators when the skin is injured. Immunomodulators assist the immune system in working more effectively.
Fibroblasts are cells that help form connective tissues. They essentially hold tissues and organs in place. Dermal, or skin fibroblasts, are needed to heal wounds, promote hair growth, and support the immune system.
Proper communication between keratinocytes and fibroblasts is crucial to maintain balance in the skin. If they are not working together, filaments may develop due to abnormal amounts of keratin and collagen in the skin. This leads to what is known as Morgellons fibers.
Morgellons Fibers and Lyme Disease
Morgellons fibers are typically a sign that an infection exists in the body. Researchers claim there is a common link between Morgellons fibers and the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease. Specifically, the Borrelia burgdorferi is detected in most patients with Morgellons disease.
Diagnosing Morgellons Fibers
Diseases are classified into various categories to help doctors create accurate diagnoses. For Morgellons disease, classification is based on the location and duration of lesions that may contain fibers. Because symptoms vary for each person and each stage, it is important to distinguish Morgellons disease symptoms from typical ailments. What may seem like an ordinary pimple or sore may be a sign of MD. Below are some descriptions of symptoms from people with lesions and fibers.
In the early localized stage of Morgellons disease, the lesions or fibers have been present for less than three months. The lesions and fibers are also mostly in one location on the body. Some are found on the head, some on the body, and some on the arms and legs.
Lesions and fibers that are just beginning may appear as inflammation on the skin, like when hair follicles become inflamed. They may seem more like a small pimple than a lesion. Lesions and fibers that are just beginning may appear as inflammation on the skin, like when hair follicles become inflamed. They may seem more like a small pimple than a lesion. Some people have reported finding thick calluses on their outer thighs or in places where they were previously injured. Others say they see embedded blue filaments in the calluses.
In the early disseminated stage of the disease, lesions and fibers are present for less than three months. However, they are found on multiple body parts, usually a combination involving the head, body, arms, and legs.
Morgellons disease symptoms in the early disseminated stage are similar to those in the early localized stage. One significant difference is that in this stage, lesions and fibers are usually found in more than one spot on the body. For example, pimple-like lesions will be on the face, arms, legs, torso, or multiple other sites.
In the late localized classification, lesions and fibers are present for at least six months. The lesions and fibers are usually found on only one body part. The most common areas are the head, trunk, arms, and legs.
Examples of lesions and fibers may include pinpoint vesicles, like small callouses on fingers or toes. Callouses can appear thin or thick. Calluses may also be found on the lower legs, feet, hands, or in a small patch on the shoulders. Someone may have inflammation and small bumps on the torso or arms.
In the late disseminated stage, lesions and fibers are present for six months or more and can be found on multiple body parts.
The late disseminated classification has the greatest variations of lesions and fibers. Some report lesions that look like callouses or ulcerations beginning on the jawline, scalp, backs, bottoms, legs, or arms. Some have red, blue, and hyaline fibers protruding through the callus. Other reports state the person experienced itching and skin irritation with visible fibers protruding through the skin.
Scattered, thick calluses with protruding blue filaments and vesicular lesions are additional descriptions of potential lesions. A common symptom in this stage is ulcerations. Various ulcerations reported include deep, erosive, mucosal, jagged, corporeal, and gastrointestinal. Some may require hospitalization.
Treatment for Morgellons Fibers
The best treatment comes from the best doctors, the specialists in infectious and rare diseases. An example is Dr. Morales at Lyme Mexico Clinic. He is a leading expert in Morgellons disease, lesions, and fibers. His treatment protocols are effective and may begin with the following:
- IV antibiotics
- IV antimicrobials
- IV antiparasitic agents
- IV colloidal silver
IV treatment cocktails will be created specifically based on your unique needs. To determine those needs, reach out today to discuss a comprehensive evaluation. We can help you find the treatment that works.
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