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There is no known cure for Morgellons. Treating any medical or psychiatric problems that occur at the same time as Morgellons may help ease Morgellons symptoms in some patients.
A team of medical researchers at the Mayo Clinic also recommend that patients with these symptoms should undergo psychiatric evaluation.
Who Gets Morgellons
In the past, few doctors had heard of Morgellons. But in response to scattered reports, the CDC worked together with several other health care agencies to investigate this condition. Most reports came from California, Texas, and Florida, although patients have been seen in all 50 states.
The CDC study found that Morgellons is most likely to affect middle-aged white women.
Many of the patients in the CDC study showed signs of being obsessively concerned about health problems in general. This is called somatic concerns.
About half of the people in the study had other health problems, including depression and drug abuse.
The Debate Over Morgellons
The question of whether Morgellons is a disease or a delusion has prompted debate and new research in recent years.