Morgellons disease?

Dermatol Ther. Jan-Feb 2008;21(1):8-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2008.00164.x.


Morgellons disease, a pattern of dermatologic symptoms very similar, if not identical, to those of delusions of parasitosis, was first described many centuries ago, but has recently been given much attention on the internet and in the mass media. The present authors present a history of Morgellons disease, in addition to which they discuss the potential benefit of using this diagnostic term as a means of building trust and rapport with patients to maximize treatment benefit. The present authors also suggest "meeting the patient halfway" and creating a therapeutic alliance when providing dermatologic treatment by taking their cutaneous symptoms seriously enough to provide both topical ointments as well as antipsychotic medications, which can be therapeutic in these patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Delusions / diagnosis*
  • Delusions / drug therapy
  • Delusions / psychology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin Diseases, Parasitic / psychology*


  • Antipsychotic Agents