The Mystery of Morgellons disease: infection or delusion?

Published Date
Journal
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Citation
Am J Clin Dermatol. 2006;7(1):1-5
DOI
10.2165/00128071-200607010-00001
Authors
Savely VR
Leitao MM
Stricker RB
Abstract

Morgellons disease is a mysterious skin disorder that was first described more than 300 years ago. The disease is characterized by fiber-like strands extruding from the skin in conjunction with various dermatologic and neuropsychiatric symptoms. In this respect, Morgellons disease resembles and may be confused with delusional parasitosis. The association with Lyme disease and the apparent response to antibacterial therapy suggest that Morgellons disease may be linked to an undefined infectious process. Further clinical and molecular research is needed to unlock the mystery of Morgellons disease.