Fake or real? ‘Delusional infestations’ explained
Sarah Klein | Health.com
Imagine having recurrent symptoms that cause discomfort, pain, and distress – then being told that what you see and feel do not add up to a legitimate disease.
Here are 3 such baffling conditions.
It sounds agonizing: “Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: They cannot be positively identified as animal, vegetable, or mineral.”
When the CDC tried to determine what causes such symptoms, researchers found nothing.
“No common underlying medical condition or infectious source was identified, similar to more commonly recognized conditions such as delusional infestation,” study authors concluded.
[OUR TAKE: Morgellons is a psychological disease. – Editor]
Chronic Lyme disease
Chronic Lyme disease is not an accepted medical diagnosis, and there’s no evidence that treating it – usually with long courses of IV antibiotics – helps alleviate symptoms.
Doctors who offer such treatments “don’t typically follow evidence-based guidelines,” says the CDC’s Christina Nelson, MD. “Most general practitioners and infectious disease physicians would not provide this type of care.”
[OUR TAKE: Lyme disease is real, but many people who have been told they have chronic Lyme disease may have been given this diagnosis because no other scientific explanation fits. – Editor]
Sometimes jokingly referred to as “Wi-Fi allergies,” EHS is supposedly triggered by exposure to computers, cell phones, and other electronics. It’s associated with fatigue, nausea, and heart palpitations.
There’s little evidence to support EHS. “Some research suggests that the physical complaints may be caused by fear and anxiety about having this condition –– not the actual radiation,” Health’s medical editor Roshini Raj, MD, wrote.
[OUR TAKE: Inconclusive. Humans were never subjected to significant levels of electromagnetism before the past half century. Effects of electromagnetic fields are unknown and possibly exaggerated – or possibly worse than suspected. – Editor] Read the full article at Fox News. Also of interest: How Long Does It Take For A Tick To Give You Lyme Disease?