Just a few of hundreds of images of fibers, debris and "fuzz balls" are presented here.
Open sores in the skin may not be present in a dog or human harboring the Morgellon fibers. Interestingly, the fibers seem to have a diverse morphology (body or structural makeup) in that they may display colors such as red, blue, crystalline and black or brownish. Some are small diameter fibers (about 0.01 to 0.05 micrometer) and the debris and fuzzballs are seldom larger than 0.5 microns in diameter. Many of these dark to crystalling fibers have varying shaft diameters, have fractured or irregular composition, or can possess a uniform, smooth, gradually bending length and are entwined around a hair shaft or embedded in tissues.
Curiously, the unusual debris that is present can have irregular clump-like character and varying colors. Some are dry and crunchy, some short and straight, some mucousy. In general dogs and cats do not have any skin lesions at all but have hyperesthesia, hyperactivity and persistent itching with no visible dermal manifestations.
The two dogs described on this page with images of fibers , fuzzballs and debris are submitted by the owner. Although no skin sores or ulcers were present on these two dogs they still exhibit various signs and characteristics typical of Morgellons Disease ...including the primary distinguishing characteristic of the illness, the diagnostic fibers or filaments.
In my practice when observing pets showing signs consistent with Morgellons-type fibers/filaments either in lesions, on their skin, their digestive tracts, or in non-healing surgical sites, I now inquire about Lyme Disease testing records. Some patients have been exposed and some have not. I make it a practice when performing my clinical exams to watch for potential co-infections such as Lyme Disease because it is a fact in veterinary medicine as well as in human medicine that Lyme Disease testing is not completely reliable! If Lyme diseaseor any other infectious or metabolic pathologic entity is a co-conspirator we must treat that disorder to have a chance to eradicate the Morgellons problems.
Therefore, it is extremely important to perform the clinical exam with an open mind while looking for relevant signs of disease characteristics. Many human and veterinary medical doctors consider establishing a diagnosis of Lyme Disease as an exercise of clinical judgement and begin therapy rather than waiting for conclusive data from tests that are often inconclusive. Morgellons fibers may be present in dogs that do not and have not shown any evicence of a Borrelia or other infectious organism exposure
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