Sunday, September 9, 2007

Morgellons disease: Managing a mysterious skin condition

Morgellons disease: Managing a mysterious skin condition
Morgellons disease is mysterious and controversial. Here you'll find answers to common questions about Morgellons disease — and suggestions for coping with it.

Morgellons disease is a mysterious skin disorder characterized by disfiguring sores and crawling sensations on and under the skin. Although Morgellons disease isn't widely recognized as a medical diagnosis, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating reports of the condition.

If you suspect that you have Morgellons disease, you may have many questions about the condition. Here's what you need to know about Morgellons disease, including practical tips for managing your signs and symptoms.
What are the signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease?

The Morgellons Research Foundation lists six primary signs and symptoms of the condition:

* Skin lesions accompanied by intense itching
* Crawling sensations on and under the skin, often compared to insects moving, stinging or biting
* Fatigue significant enough to interfere with daily activity
* Inability to concentrate and difficulty with short-term memory
* Behavioral changes
* Fibers — which can be white, blue, green, red or black — in and on the lesions

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