Morgellons Disease Symptoms
Rahim Karjoo, MD, FCAP, FASCP
Clinical and Pathological Findings
Morgellons is a disease of skin lesions, where patients’ complain of itching with skin patches, discomfort and a feeling of something rolling under their skin, and finding fibers, whether single or in bunch on the surface of the skin, mostly on exposed areas such as the face, neck, chest, arms and other parts of the body. The signs and symptoms vary in different individuals.
Complaints to family and physician are so unusual and bizarre that it does not make sense, and lesions are mostly invisible and it is hard to believe there are any skin problems and that fiber come out of skin. Most of the patients end up referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist for help. Many lose their jobs, alienate families, become isolated and finally become mentally ill, and sometimes suicidal.
Upon physical examination, we have seen dark brownish discoloration of the skin, changes of hair texture, loss scalp hair, and usual hair of the eyebrows and face. In women, we see dark hair on the chest, arms and other parts of the body.
Most patients suffer anxiety attacks and become frightened and hopeless, complaining about the approach of physicians.