Morgellon’s disease refers to a unique skin ailment, which is associated with a range of skin symptoms which include various sensations like stinging, biting, finding fibers under the skin and skin lesions. The primary manifestation of Morgellons disease is “fixed belief” that there are fibers embedded within the skin or coming out of the skin.
While there are a host of other symptoms, medical professionals refer to this condition as delusional infestation which implies that there is a belief of pathogenic ailment despite no medical evidence. The Morgellon’s disease can be managed with a multi-disciplinary approach focused at the specific treatment of the condition.
Patients suffering from this condition believe that they have been infested and experience several sensations as if insects are crawling on the skin. In an effort to get rid of the parasites, these patients may end up injuring and hurting themselves.
While this disease condition has been described in literature over 75 years ago, the cause for this condition remains unknown and till date, very few patients have actually been affected by this condition.
Morgellons Disease Symptoms
The most characteristic and important symptom is various sensations like biting, stinging or crawling on the skin, without any medical evidence of an infestation. There are certain other symptoms that remain unverified, but have been claimed to be associated with the Morgellons disease as per the Morgellons Research Foundation. Some of these symptoms include,
- Presence of skin lesions, which are either spontaneous or self-inflected.
- Pain affecting the tendons, connective tissue, joints and muscles.
- Excessive fatigue.
- Emotional and cognitive impact of the disease condition.
Natural Treatment For Morgellons Disease
As per most dermatologists, the treatment of this condition has more to do with psychiatry tend to do with dermatology. Ideally antipsychotic drugs are prescribed for the management of this condition; especially since antipruritic (meant to inhibit the sensation of itching) don’t seem to show any beneficial results.
While modern medicine may have very limited treatment options, there are certain home remedies and alternative treatment therapies that can be found to be effective,
- Homeopathic drugs like Arsenic Alb and Apis Mel are considered to help alleviate the burning and stinging pain. In case the condition is very severe, low doses of Lachesis may also be prescribed.
- Local application of sandalwood paste and turmeric are considered to have a beneficial effect. Turmeric can help control infection (especially caused by self-mutilation) while sandalwood paste tends to have a cool and soothing effect on the skin. Further, sandalwood has a soothing fragrance, which may help distract the attention of the patient from the skin ailment.
- Aromatherapy may also be used to the benefit for the management of patients with Morgellons disease. Aromatherapy essential oils have a soothing and calming effect on the nervous system, which in turn is considered useful in management of mild forms of psychiatric disorders. These essential oils can either be dispensed using a essential oil burner or may be applied locally on the body, after being diluted with base oils like wheat germ oil, coconut oil or almond oil.
While these alternative therapies don’t have any proven efficacy, their use may be complemented with conventional therapy, to provide a more lasting and sustained relief from symptoms of this condition.