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Morgellon skin abnormalities

Skin and hair abnormalities can show early signs of infection. Many sufferers report insect 'bites' at onset of disease. Some sufferers report track lines in skin and areas of skin thickening and areas of skin thinning (eg. shins, back of hands).

Not all sufferers have open skin lesions. The definitive symptom of Morgellons Disease, is the presence of filaments coming out of intact skin pores and lesions. Click here for micrographs of these filaments. Other debris expelled includes; egg-shapes, larva-shapes, pupa-shapes & particles/specks.

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x20. Sufferers often have 'orange peel' like areas of skin, with sebum excess and blocked, enlarged skin pores. x400. Infected pore. These can be accompanied with black specs, sand-like crystals, harsh hairs or filaments. Micro-angiomas (0.5 to 3.0 mm in diameter) appearing at onset of illness according to Harvey et al 2009. (Bartonella negative)

x400. Thumb with white 'casing' and blue filament just visible. Casings and egg-like particles are shed from skin and hair folicles.

Harsh hairs appear on skin. Some hairs have black hair roots. Click here for hair micrographs. x20. Skin lesions often begin as a white or black headed spot or nodule.
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When squeezed gently (intact), they cause nerve pain in the lower dermis. If the skin is broken (accidentally or not) the contents of the lesion is subborn and rarely removed successfully via mechanical pressure. Fluid discharge and damage to capilaries may then take place. Fluid is clear or yellow.
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The fluid seems to melt the surrounding skin, causing a much larger sore. Satelite lesions are common. Lesions may start forming lesion plaques, where multiple sores start to converge. (Image is copyright protected and provided courtesy of the Charles E. Holman Foundation). Lesions appear most on exposed areas; face, forearms, lower limbs, neck, jawline.
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Lesions can become enlarged, circular, open and rimmed. Secondary infections may include S.aureus. Lesions form a callus covering. This does not appear to be a sign of healing. x20. The pH of the fluid has not yet been established to ascertain it's capabilty of causing a chemical burn reaction. Note the white matter in the lesion.
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x400. Blue filament in open lesion. Once all white matter is dried out and expelled, the lesion may heal. It eventually becomes hypo-pigmented with a hyper-pigmented ring. White matter in dermis of top lip.
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SEM images by Mark Darrah (Stony Brook University, New York), discovered vesicle protrusions on the underside of morgellon scabs. x300. Further sample showing vesicle protrusions. x200. Further sample showing vesicle protrusions.