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What is Morgellons disease?

Farzanna S. Haffizulla, MD
Internal Medicine
Morgellons disease falls under the umbrella of a set of psychiatric based diseases with somatic or "body" manifestations called "delusional parasitosis." There has been some argument that Morgellons has a true undiscovered infectious cause and is not psychiatric in nature. This is still under investigation. Symptoms may include skin itching, burning, tingling, biting or a sense or "formication" or a feeling of insects crawling on the skin.
Proper clinical history taking, physical exam, psychological evaluation and lab testing is important to rule out an organic basis of a patient's symptoms before arriving at a diagnosis such as Morgellons.
Morgellons disease was investigated as a mysterious skin condition that caused skin rashes or crawling sensations on the skin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that this is not an actual distinct disease. Those suffering with symptoms may have another ailment and should ask for medical advice if they are bothersome.

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