Symptoms of Morgellons disease include itchy skin rashes or sores, a feeling of something crawling under the skin, severe fatigue, short-term memory loss and difficulty concentrating, according to Mayo Clinic. Patients may also develop stringy material or fibers on the skin.
The skin sores associated with Morgellans disease generally appear suddenly and are slow to heal, and they may leave visible red scars, according to WebMD. Patients also report tooth loss, difficulty sleeping, hair loss, joint pain, muscle pain and nervous system problems.
The crawling sensations that occur on or just under the skin of patients may feel like insects that are moving, biting or stinging, similar to symptoms of the mental illness known as delusional parasitosis, according to Mayo Clinic. The open sores and intense itching associated with the condition can have a great impact on quality of life. As of 2015, researchers are still unsure whether the fibers stuck to the sores are residual material from bandages or are part of an infectious skin cell process. Morgellans disease is relatively rare and most commonly affects middle-aged women of Caucasian descent. Individuals who believe they may have the condition should consult a doctor to rule out other possible illnesses and develop a treatment regimen.