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Morgellons symptoms are a bizarre set of afflictions that seem to only point to one diagnosis. Despite this, however, many patients are routinely told that they are completely imagining or inventing the disease, or else suffering from a mental condition that makes them believe they afflicted with something they’re not. Morgellons disease is a relatively new disorder, and has not been legitimised by any official medical body. Despite this, thousands upon thousands of patients have come forward as sufferers from the disease, making it hard to ignore or dismiss. Among them is famed singer Joni Mitchell, who claims she has been battling the condition for many years, despite general apathy from the medical community at large.
Perhaps the strangest of all Morgellons symptoms is the thin, thread-like fibres that seem to grow out from and underneath the skin. They appear in a variety of colours, primarily red, blue, white and black, and are constructed from what appears to be collagen and proteins, the same material that makes up hair and nails. In addition to the fibres, sufferers also present with lesions and abrasions all over their body, which is where the fibres seem to originate from. Despite these bizarre and unnerving symptoms, the most debilitating one faced by patients is a constant itching sensation all over the skin. This is an almost omnipresent sensation, and is generally not localised to one area or another. It is often described as feeling like ‘bugs crawling under the skin’; in fact, this was the exact way the first-discovered patient of Morgellons, the three-year-old son of Mary Leitao, described the symptom to his mother.
The need to scratch aggravates the numerous lesions, which in turn leads to more itching, forming a vicious circle of symptoms. So lessening the itching is a primary concern for Morgellons disease patients. Here are four natural ways to do it.
Take a Bath in Oatmeal
As strange as it sounds, people reportedly do find success with this method. Note that this is not the oatmeal you might eat for breakfast; it’s known as colloidal oatmeal, and comes in a finely powdered form. It can be added to water, with the resulting solution forming a beneficial protective barrier on the skin, shielding it from external wear and sealing in moisture. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the inflammation caused by the lesions and abrasions. Adding it directly to bath water can produce great results if done regularly; you can pick some up from your local pharmacy.
Apply a Special Cream
Recent research suggests that Morgellons might be an offshoot of Lyme disease. A report from last year strengthens that connection and estimates that almost every patient with Morgellons disease also tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, the main causative agent of Lyme disease. However, the reverse was not found to be true; if you have Lyme, it doesn’t necessarily mean you automatically have Morgellons. Indeed, the latter seems to be a rare mutation of the former, but how and why this happens in some patients remains a mystery for now. Make Well have been producing all-natural products to support the treatment of chronic diseases such as Lyme disease for some time, and they have recently introduced some Morgellons-specific products to their line-up. ‘MRG derm’ is focused on healing the skin and reducing the irritation caused by the constant itching sensation, while ‘MRG plus’ contains anti-parasitic properties, and can be taken in conjunction with MRG derm.
Try a Natural Methanol Oil
Methanol is an essential oil that can be found in plants belonging to the mint family. The most common form is peppermint oil, which is utilised for many different conditions and is famed for its anti-inflammatory properties. Peppermint oil can also be great at soothing the constant itching sensation experienced by Morgellons patients. It is recommended to apply a small amount of oil (as it’s quite potent) to the area affected by the itch, two times a day for two weeks. Patients should soon start to see an improvement, while the instant cooling sensation will provide immediate relief to the symptoms.
Wet Wrap Therapy
Often the best way to find quick relief is via a cooling sensation, and sometimes peppermint oil won’t be enough, especially if the itching feeling is experienced all over the body. In these cases, patients should consider wet wrap therapy, which is a lot less intimidating than it may sound. It involves placing water-soaked fabrics or gauzes over areas of itchy skin in order to re-hydrate and soothe the most afflicted parts. In addition to the relief, the fabric provides an external barrier that helps prevent scratching and irritation. This technique is especially effective if there is a large flare-up of itching that needs to be tackled immediately, or if a child has a particularly bad case of itching and needs to stop irritating the skin. Alternatively, for Morgellons patients, it can provide a soothing relief when applied every few days for a few hours.