I think maybe, back when I was seeing patients as a physical therapist, one of them told me about a mysterious condition (their own, a friend’s, a child’s?) that “medicine” was dismissing as “delusional dermatopathy”—an itch all in the heads of apparently some number of people who had sought–and not obtained–help. The CDC had just weighed in on the subject, and at the time (2008) it was given about the same credibility as fibromyalgia.
This morning I was scanning through and culling from more than two thousand saved articles (in Diigo, which I have been using since 2006) and ran across the time period when Morgellons was one of my hot topics. So I wondered what had become of this purported condition? Had it been thoroughly debunked and put to rest or had it become better understood with a basis in medical fact after 8 years?
I can only report that it has not disappeared, and at least one published article (which seems at first glance to be well-done research (but so far only that one article) lends support to Morgellons as a “filamentous borrelial dermatitis.”
And the real hook that might keep me staying on top of this is that Morgellons appears to possibly be linked to the spirochetes that cause Lyme Disease. Know anybody with Lyme that has the symptoms of itchy outbreaks?
There is a vast mythology of misinformation out there about Lyme. Maybe this is just another seemingly-science-backed example of the same. Not sure yet. Just FYI.
FOLLOWING THE THREAD: DELUSIONAL DERMOPATHY
Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis | IJGM https://www.dovepress.com/morgellons-disease-a-filamentous-borrelial-dermatitis-peer-reviewed-article-IJGM
Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5072536/