Morgellons Disease Pictures and Story

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that it is launching a study to learn about an unexplained condition that causes people to feel as if they have foreign substances growing from their bodies.

People with the condition, referred to as Morgellons disease, say they have fibers and other inorganic material growing out of their skin.

“We earnestly want to learn more about this unexplained illness, which affects the lives of those who suffer from it,” said Dr. Michele Pearson, principal investigator leading the study for the CDC, in a press release. “Those who suffer have questions, and we want to help them.”

“We have a team of epidemiologists, laboratorians and pathologists to carry out the study,” Pearson said.

The study will be conducted in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research. For more information, CLICK HERE to visit the CDC’s Unexplained Dermopathy Web site.

In 2006, a number of Morgellons sufferers told ABC News in interviews that when they consulted doctors, they received diagnoses they called wrong or dismissive. Brandi Koch, the wife of former Major League Baseball player Billy Koch, said that she felt as if she were living in a horror movie, claiming she had colored fibers coming out of her skin.

Koch, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., said that her life was good until one day in the shower when she noticed something strange — tiny fibers running through her skin.

“The fibers look like hair, and they’re different colors,” Koch said.

Koch said she knows that what she experienced “sounds crazy,” but it’s true. “If I had a family member call me up and say, ‘I have this stuff,’ I’d say, ‘I’m sending a straitjacket over. You need some help,'” she said.

Anne Dill described a similar condition. Looking at Dill’s life in Florida, she seemed to be living the American dream — her three daughters excelled in sports and were straight-A students.

But life in the Dill household was far from idyllic. Anne’s 40-year-old husband, Tom, died in January 2006, and she believes his death was due to a contagious illness that has infected her entire family.

Dill described her family’s skin: “There’s this fibrous material. It’s in layers.” Dill said the skin on their hands was particularly bad, very swollen and itchy, and said it felt as if bugs were crawling underneath the skin.

Consulting Doctors

Dr. Greg Smith of Gainesville, Ga., has been a pediatrician for the past 30 years. He claimed that a fiber was coming out of his big toe, and he had video footage to prove it.

“It felt like somebody stuck a pin in my toe and wiggled it, and it just continued to hurt,” Smith told ABC News in 2006.

He said he never thought he had bugs. “I’ve certainly had those crawling sensations, and the fibers which come out of the skin are really bizarre, and really odd.”

Smith was handed over to a hospital psychiatrist when he went to the emergency room complaining of a fiber in his eye. He admits that he, too, would be skeptical if a patient came to him with the same story.

“I would wonder if they’d taken their medicine that day. It makes no sense. It’s totally bizarre. It’s something that — just telling the story is so outlandish on the face of it — that no one would believe it,” Smith said. Dill’s doctor told her to stop scratching, even though many of her sores were in places she could not reach.

Koch went to the Mayo Clinic, where doctors didn’t believe that the fibers she’d brought them had grown from her body.

“I saw the infectious disease doctor, and I showed him some samples that I had and he snickered,” she said. “I can’t go through another doctor blowing me off or looking at me like I’m crazy. I know I’m not.”

Dr. Vincent DeLeo, chief of dermatology at New York’s St. Lukes-Roosevelt Medical Center, weighed in on what he’d say to someone who came to him with this condition. “I don’t think this is any different than many patients I’ve seen who have excoriations and believe that there is something in their skin causing this,” he told ABC News in 2006.

DeLeo said the open lesions were most likely a result of scratching the skin.

Relying on Your Own Research

But biologist Mary Leitao refused to accept the medical skepticism surrounding Morgellons.

Leitao’s son, Drew, was just 2 years old when Leitao noticed an odd sore on his lip that would not heal.

“He very simply said ‘bugs,’ and he pointed to his lips,” said Leitao.

Leitao never expected to find herself at the center of a medical storm. But when her son complained about the strange sore, the biologist, who once ran the electron microscope at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, did what any scientist would do. She took a closer look.

“What I saw were bundles of fibers, *** of fibers,” Leitao says. “There was red and blue.” Even stranger, they glowed under ultraviolet light.

Armed with research, Leitao took her son to a doctor at one of the country’s leading hospitals. He dismissed her tale of fibers and wrote to her pediatrician, saying that her son needed Vaseline for his lips and that his mother needed a thorough psychiatric evaluation.

Undaunted, Leitao began poring through medical literature looking for clues. What she discovered was a 17th-century reference to a strange disease with “harsh hairs” called “Morgellons.”

She named the strange fibers Morgellons disease and put the information on a Web site, Morgellons.org. At the time of her interview in 2006, more than 4,500 people had contacted Leitao, claiming they had Morgellons-type symptoms. The name stuck, and the disease was featured on the television show “ER.”

But do these fibers grow from inside the body, as Morgellons patients believe, or do they come from the external environment — a kind of lint — as the medical skeptics say?

Searching for an Answer

Forensic scientist Ron Pogue at the Tulsa Police Crime Lab in Oklahoma checked a Morgellons sample against known fibers in the FBI’s national database. “No, no match at all. So this is some strange stuff,” Pogue said in 2006. He thought the skeptics were wrong. “This isn’t lint. This is not a commercial fiber. It’s not.”

The lab’s director, Mark Boese, said the fibers are “consistent with something that the body may be producing.” He added that, “These fibers cannot be manmade and do not come from a plant. This could be a byproduct of a biological organism.”

Dill said she looks at pictures of her family and finds them unrecognizable. “My kids have to see not only their dad but their mom disintegrating, and that’s gotta be really scary.”

While they wait for evidence that they hope will convince the medical community to take them seriously, some Morgellon’s sufferers wear pink bracelets that say, simply, “Fortitude.”

Pictures of Morgellons Disease

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Image sequence 1 of Morgellons patient. Note the ink outline
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Image sequence 2 of Morgellons patient. Closer view of outline area.
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Image sequence 3 of Morgellons patient. Zooming in on outline area.
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Image sequence 4 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 2x.
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Image sequence 5 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 4x.
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Image sequence 6 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 10x – note ink line at right.
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Image sequence 7 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x – note ink line still present.
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Image sequence 8 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x.
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Image sequence 9 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x – note hair in foreground.
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Image sequence 10 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 80x.
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Image sequence 11 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 200x.
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Lip of 3-year-old male at 10x showing fibers embedded in skin.
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Fibers removed from same lip lesions shown at 60x.
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Image showing autofluorescence of fibers from child’s lip skin lesion.
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Heel of 3-year-old male at 10x showing lesions with associated fibers.
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Same heel lesions on 3-year-old male showing fibers at 60x.
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Same heel lesions on 3-year-old male showing fibers at 60x.

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  1. Mine come up as teeny tiny bumps with no mark at all. I just wind up rubbing it for some reason and then scratch it. Then it opens up and festers, but they pop up in patches. They don’t itch, they’re just there and I pick at them. I’ve been putting Nivea cream on them to try & stop picking because they’re dry. I just don’t know where they come from or what causes them.

  2. Ok. While Im relieved that I may have found out whats wrong with me and i might not be insane like my family thinks, now Im all freaked out and I have a question…Do ALL ppl with Morgellos always have Sores? I have the black spec thingys (also little white/yellowish seed like things), the creepy crawly feeling and hair like fibers (mostly blue and sometimes red) They come right out of my skin, theyre not comming out of and kind of sore or anything. and its like when i see a black spec and or fiber like hair and I tweeze it off my skin another will pop up and then another.. so on and so forth. sometimes popping out clusters of these things! I havent seen a Doctor for this because I dont have insurance. and i prob. would have continued to live with it and my family thinking Im going crazy because i am like obsesses with getting these things off my skin. but now Ive noticed it on my daughter who is 6, and my son and nephew(I babysit my nephew so hes with me all the time) They’re both under the age of 2 and they dont have any kind of sores either. But Im freaking out!!!! should we all see a DR.??

  3. I found that these two creams: Gene’s All Natural and DSP-(divine skin protection) cleared up my skin. Provodone iodine healed the lesions. Lemon halves rubbed on skin cause everything to exit.

  4. Hi to Dr.Charles E. Breuer
    I was hoping to contact you regarding treatment for Morgellons disease via the email address you gave but the address you supplied must have changed as my email was returned to me. I can be contacted at [email protected]

    Regards
    Sandra

  5. As a licensed psychologist, with over 30 years of experience I defy a panel of impartial professionals to declare that I suffer from any form of “delusional parisitosis”. My situation is this: last summer while riding my lawn tractor I scratched my right thigh (wearing shorts at the time) on a thorned vine locally called a pig vine. This plant usually leaves more than just a scratch, and also causes a short-lived irritation that itches quite severely. In a few days the itching subsided, but still a few days later I noticed five small pimple-like lesions, characterized by edema and extreme irritation. These were also located on my right thigh but not at the same location as the prior injuries. Shortly, I would wake up in the morning realizing that I had scratched at them to the point of bleeding, and resolved avoid this by wearing full length pajamas. All of this was in July of 2007. Now as the summer of 2008 approaches, I have continued to experience severe itching of two of the remaining lesions. The other three were treated with all manner of the typical otc remedies to no avail. My local physician looked at the lesions, and said simply he did not know what they were, and offered no treatment. I then reasoned that since all else had failed, I would use cryogenic methods experimentally to relieve the symptoms, if not cure the problem. Four months ago, I used Wartner’s wart removal system to treat three of the lesions, and they gradually ceased to cause any itching at all. The skin is somewhat discolored and thickened with scar tissue, but otherwise benign. Very recently I used the same procedure on the two remaining sites and await the result. I do have photographs that clearly show some sort of ‘threads’ or ‘fibers’ issuing from tissue removed from the two remaining lesions, and will email them to any one requesting them.

    [email protected]

    Especially interested in any other reports of successful treatment.

    C Breuer

  6. Further to above, parasites are with us always, if our immune becomes suppressed in some way from illness we are at greater risk. Also, people with mental illness are not immune to parasites, these diseases can co-exist. I would be curious to know if someone has a pre-existing disease and then develops the symptoms as described above. Then the suppressed immune system theory would be a reality. Unfortunately we are at the mercy of the health care system to develop treatments and cures, it must be financially feasible for any drug manufacturer to come up with a product, which would take years to even get it to the end user stage, a product which we can safely use for treatment. The bottom line is we as individuals have to be careful what we ingest and how we treat our bodies, as we have to live in them for 90 years or so. We are at the mercy of the parasites as they we here for millions of years and have already figured out how to survive. It is up to us to do the same.

  7. This is the freakiest thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve done a bit of research, and it’s apparent that the CDC believes it’s real, however fantastic it may sound. Worth noting is that from reading the 2 stories that are currently posted here, there is a definite mental problem that goes along with it. Whether that’s a symptom or a cause will be very interesting to learn.

  8. I just have to add something,…..
    I saw that thing which is invading me (There are two)and for that I do not take medication as I know it does not help…
    I was told they live in my aura..
    I hear them breathing on the left side of my head and like insects making noise on the right side and that for the last 3 years..
    I just had my blood test and all was well..
    2 Years ago I had a head scan and all was well. So I know I am not out of my mind…
    At night time when I go to bed I hear a kind of a humming noise…
    It stayes with me the whole night. When I turn around at night than it does start to humm again for a short time.. It is not in my head, I hear it outside of my head…
    I get something injected in my eyes and it is feels like sand…
    My Body is also vibrating very often.
    I also get things injected in my mouth and I even have been shown how it was done… because I was asking….
    You can think now that I am not normal. but I am very energetic..
    I just moved from Queensland to Sydney and had the biggest furniture van. I was up very early in the morning and helped, cleaned the house and at 17/30 they were finish loading and I started to drive to Sydney..
    I went 450Km. stayed in a Motel and early in the morning I went off again and was at 12/30 in Sydney. Long before the furniture Truck arived… I did it all on my own…
    I just tell you that and you can come to the conclusion wether I am mad or not…
    It is just something that Doctors have to start to think different and learn from the patient..
    Charlotte
    When something exiting is going on, I hear tiny voices, I can not explain what it is, but it sounds like an insect.
    I am feeling sorry for them, it is unreal…..

  9. As I told you already, I have nothing coming out of my body, but always find that things in the house…
    I have all over my bgody what looks like mosquito bites, but nothing is groing out of it…
    I told you that I have studied that energie and I got my relieve by spitting it out. I struggle with it and tell it that I respect it and I expect the same from them…
    You can hold me for crazy but it works…..
    I put my mind to them and ask where they come from and I useally get an answer. But tell that to someone….
    I gave my Doctor the CD where I had written down experiences, but it looks like he is frightend only to put his thought to it…
    So I am all on my own and never tell anyone about it…
    I still live, I am 78 years old and on no medication at all.
    I get told they keep me healthy, but I do not believe it as I am still puzzled myself….
    I always pray that this things will be taken away from me and send home where to they belong…
    But… I think… everything has a reasen why it is happen in our life and so I try to make the best of it and hope one day it will be gone…
    Greetings Charlotte

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