What is Morgellons Disease?

Morgellons Disease is a skin condition that is indicated by lesions or rashes and a range of skin senses comprising of itching, biting, stinging, crawling and biting sensations under the skin. Recent studies show that the condition might be linked to a spirochetal bacterium, Borrelia.

What are the symptoms of Morgellons disease?

Some of the common symptoms of Morgellons Disease include appearance of small red, white, black or blue strands on, under or erupting from unbroken skin or lesions and the feeling of something crawling under the skin. There might also have a sense of being stung or bitten. Also, one may have other symptoms such as itching, fatigue, joint aches difficulty concentrating and loss of short-term memory.

What are the New Treatments for Morgellons Disease

The right medical treatment for Morgellons disease is not yet precise. However, there are two fundamental methods of treatment depending on what the doctor believes to be the cause of the disease. Doctors may use antibiotics to treat Morgellons Disease if they believe that an infection causes it. The bacteria may get killed and heal the skin sores. Antibiotics are seen as effective to some patients. Some patients with Morgellons disease also test positive for Lyme disease. Antibiotic treatment has been successful particularly in patients with chronic Lyme disease. However, in some patients the symptoms return after stopping treatment. Psychiatric medications or psychotherapy may be used on an individual who displays stress, anxiety or mental health issues or if they develop while coping with Morgellons Disease. Medications that are used in the treatment of tics or psychosis such as Pimozide or Olanzapine have been seen to be effective in the treatment of Morgellons Disease.

Are there Home remedies one use to manage Morgellons Disease?

The internet provides many lifestyles and home remedy recommendations for individuals with Morgellons Disease. However, the safety and effectiveness of the treatments are not guaranteed. It is imperative that an individual carries out recommendations that are widely researched. Moreover, there are numerous websites selling lotions, creams, wound dressings, pills and other treatments that are most times costly but have debatable benefits. It is important to avoid purchasing these products unless one is sure of their safety and worth the cost.

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It has been time that Morgellons has been talked about on forums – but a common question is often asked relating to the Taoist soap, and how it can treat Morgellons disease, a skin condition relating to parasites invading the skin.

There is a lot of talk on Morgellons in the 90s, especially conspiracy theories on what it really is, and if it is a phycological thing or actually a skin disease. Some have said it is like Lyhmes disease or some sort of parasite invading the skin, and actually people were mistaken about it in the last decade on what it actually is – added to that, Doctors were not as knowledgable on what this can be and how to treat it. (Read more here:

A few years back, when the Taoist soap was talked about on the article on Humancure ( titled “How to Thicken Hair” – which talked about the natural ways which a man or women can do and not do, to help speed up hair growth, regrow hair and more – it also talked about the hair’s relation with skin and the scalp – if the scalp is healthy, hair itself will be healthy – and this is where some people wanted to buy the soap for skin conditions for anti-aging purposes, eczema or helping keep inflammation low on skin conditions – it worked like a charm where patients who were being treated by acupuncture doctors or oriental medical doctors where often found prescribing the Taoist soap for this purpose – so a large percentage of people did find it useful.

The problem arises is that there is a lot of talk on how to categorize morgellons disease, as some people have stopped using this term altogether, and just call it something else.

In the end – naming a disease is secondary – if you understand that there is inflammation, you can deal with the inflammation first – and then worry about other symptoms – it is way too often natural healing experts talk about treating the end cause – but actually it is more complicated than that – treating the symptoms such as inflammation on the skin, can often lead to reaching the end cause – and this methodology has worked even more powerfully on urgent cases where the disease is actually not known, and people are in panic.

We would say you can try to test the soap mentioned, but it is still best to do a test patch, where you test it on a strip of skin, and wash off – and see if you get any negative results during the 24 hour period – then afterwards, you can use it – this applies to all medicated and natural products – skin patch tests are important just to make sure suitability for your skin is matched – even in most extreme cases, custom made products should also be patch tested like this before use – obviously this means just the first time use – not every time – as some people misunderstand this too.

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Until fairly recently, Morgellons disease was dismissed by the medical community as a psychological illness which alienated thousands of people suffering the same symptoms. Over the span of its controversial existence, many arguments were put forth as to how it may be physiological as opposed to just a mental condition. One such argument was the proceeds of lymes disease bacteria which was causing thread like substances to appear in lesions and intense itchiness. However, whilst this may have taken the debate forward, it was found that not everyone diagnosed with Morgellons had the presence of Lymes in their blood.

New research which has been funded by private donations as found new evidence that Morgellons may still be closely linked with another tick-bourne disease, Borrelia which in turn can cause Lymes in certain people. Back in 2013, preliminary results showed a small sample size of Morgellons sufferers all had the Borrelia bacteria but due to the sample size and lack of repeatability in the result, it went unnoticed in the medical community. It refuted that Morgellons lesions are self inflicted and that an infection of Borrelia may be significant factor in the symptoms of the 4 randomly selected MD patients.

However, following that initial study, numerous peer-reviewed, independent studies were carried out which all seemed to point in the same direction; the Morgellons symptoms showed correlation with a process of infection, especially with symptoms such as joint pain, extreme fatigue and dizziness. The next study confirmed the previous results with a larger sample size of 25 (Middelveen, Bandoski et all, 2016), where 24 out of the 25 patients were confined to have Borrelia Spirochetes, which causes Lyme diseases. Whilst it was accepted that delusional infestation could have occurred, the sample size consisted of patients that all had the presence of multi-coloured fibres within skin lesions or under broken skin. Furthermore, testing of the fibres found that in fact, these were composed of keratin and collagen which supports the theory that they are produced from the epithelial cells in the deeper layers of the skin and not from the environment as doctors have previously claimed.

This study perhaps opened the floodgates to much greater research and treatment as it confirms the existence of Morgellons. Another study carried out by Hefley, Rice et al (2016) also concludes that unusual microbial organisms were identified in Morgellons epithelial tissue samples.

Whilst the sentiment from the physicians is unclear following these extensive studies, acceptance of MD as a physiological disease is long overdue. The sooner all parties involved work together, the greater the access to funding will be to help identify effective treatment for sufferers. The findings from these papers would suggest that if Borrelia is the trigger, then we may be seeing an increase in tick-bourne disease across the world. It raises many new questions; is this an infection disease? Why do we not notice larger, more localised groups of Morgellons sufferers if it is potentially transmitted through ticks?

If the progress of research continues as we have seen, which it most likely will with the support of government funding, it is bound to bring fruitful results to the benefit of doctors and patients alike.



The first recorded case of self-diagnosed Morgellons Disease occurred in 2003 when Mary Leitao’s discovered red, black and blue fibres protruding from her 2-year old lips. Her son felt ‘bugs’ inside his lip and gradually more sores on the skin started to develop. This led her to several pediatricians, allergists and dermatologists, none of which could diagnose the problem as any dermatological/biological condition.

The final physician who the family was meant to consult turned them downing claiming it was a case of Munchausen’s, where a mother often pretends or causes sickness in their child for more attention. However when Mary Leitao was denied further help from physicians, she named it ‘Morgellons’ which referred to a disease from the 17th century in French medical texts in which black hairs emerged from the skin.

Mary had created a website sharing their story and their understanding of the symptoms of this strange condition and the internet responded very strongly. Thousands contacted her claiming to suffer the exact same symptoms and by 2007, gathered over 8,000 people suffering the same conditions. Despite this however, the medical community maintained its position of it being a purely psychological phenomenon which had been around for hundred of years, known as delusional parasitosis.

Due to the media attention Morgellons Disease was receiving, it forced the federal government to launch an investigation through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to diagnose it. While the results of this investigation by the CDC only supported the existing hypothesis by physicians, those suffering from this condition are adamant there is more to it and thus, private funds and individuals have supported research hoping to find answers.

The medical opposition argue that the more symptoms are posted online and shared with others, the more likely it is that more suffer the same symptoms as the condition is psychological in nature. People begin to feel the symptoms just because they are reading them, akin to ‘Medical Student’s disease’ whereby studying different diseases leads to the symptoms of diseases, which they aren’t suffering from. However, this does not fully explain cases of patients who start experiencing symptoms suddenly without having any prior knowledge of it.

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Morgellons disease has been a controversial topic over the past few years on whether Morgellons is a psychiatric condition or a physical one which causes painful lesions amongst other unpleasant symptoms. Sufferers often describe the symptoms to feel as if there are bugs or parasites in their skin which cause constant itchiness and fibres to protrude from skin lesions. The debate has been whether these sensations are simply neurological or not, the former of which many physicians seem to agree as no parasites or foreign bodies are found in the skin. Symptoms are not limited to these sensation though, as it has also reported to cause extreme fatigue, hair loss, short term memory loss and even joint pain. However as the debate goes on, Morgellons sufferers have borne the brunt of it all with little to no resolution in treatment.

Medical examiners have labelled this ‘Delusion of Parasitosis’ (DOP) where patients potentially feel fibres from an animal, their clothes or other sources from the environment and begin having self-inflicted symptoms by continually itching. Because of the number of people being denied any treatment further than psychological drugs, thousands wrote to Congress demanding action. There were even some popular artists who admitted they were also suffering such as folk singer Joni Mitchell as well as a segment airing airing on the popular CBS TV show “Criminal Minds” which raised awareness on the disease.

This led to a million dollar investment into forming an investigation by the CDC, that span over 6 years, to study whether the disease had any biological standing. A team of 15 researches published papers that interviewed 115 self-described Morgellons sufferers concluded that the fibres they analysed were made of cellulose which confirmed the suspicion that fibres from clothing most fell into patient’s lesions.

As a result of this research, the medical community became even less sympathetic towards Morgellons patients that it left many sufferers feeling alienated. However an external peer review of the research by the Holman Foundation found that none of the participating patients had lesions characteristic of Morgellons which seriously affects credibility.

One theory proposed by Dr Anne Louise Oaklander, an associate professor at Harvard Medical College, suggested that patients are not suffering from neurological conditions but a chronic itch condition, the heart of the problem lying in the network of nerves that control the itch function. It is thought itching is an evolutionary trait to warn us of dangerous insects such as mosquitos that can spread fatal diseases. Our nervous system reacts to an insect landing as an itch so that we can remove the danger. Oaklander believes that the itching sensation triggered by our nerves responding is what intuitively causes people to assume it is some kind of bug or parasite.

New Research

However since then, new research has evolved and shown that in fact, it may be the Borrelia bacterium that is causing the symptoms. Borrelia has been detected in all Morgellons patients so far which is the same bacteria causing Lyme disease, nonetheless, patients with Morgellons also test negative for Lymes disease, which has further complicated matters.

A research team from Oklahoma State University Center also carried out research on the fibres patients sent them, which despite being taken from a number of individuals, looked similar. They also found that these fibres all contained a soil bacteria called Agrobacterium which can genetically transform into plant and human cells.

As research continues from a number of different independent parties to understand more on the causes, there has been no breakthrough in known forms of treatment yet. The good news is, a greater proportion of the medical community are now open to the Morgellons being more than just psychological which will speed up the process of research.

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