Also known as unexplained dermopathy, Morgellons disease is a rare disorder that primarily affects the skin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the cause of the disease remains unknown as of 2010.
Commonly reported symptoms of Morgellons disease include biting, crawling and stinging sensations on the skin; fibres, granules, specks or threads beneath or on the skin; rashes; and sores. Secondary symptoms often include confusion, fatigue, joint pain, poor concentration, temporary memory loss and vision changes.
Oklahoma State University reports that a doctor named Sir Thomas Browne described apparent cases of Morgellons disease among children in 1674. "New Scientist" states treatment wasn't needed because symptoms disappeared independently.
According to the Mayo Clinic, treatment for Morgellons generally involves consulting a doctor to determine other potential causes of symptoms, such as drug abuse or mental illness, and then treating those conditions.
Although treatment may not resolve all Morgellons symptoms, it may help manage symptoms until research reveals more information about the disease's origins and treatment options.
Some websites promote products that allegedly cure or treat Morgellons. The CDC doesn't validate such websites or recommend or endorse any treatments for Morgellons as of 2010.