Parasites FAQs

What is Morgellons?

Morgellons is an emerging disease that afflicts countless individuals across the globe. While often misdiagnosed as Scabies, Morgellons Disease has many symptoms which usually appear on the scalp, in the ears and in the sinus cavity.. Currently there is no known etiology or treatment and a diagnostic criteria has yet to be formally established. However, in June 2006, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began a full investigaition into Morg

Why don’t most doctors know about Morgellons?

Due to the fact that Morgellons Disease is an emerging disease and research is still ongoing, many Doctors are unaware of how to diagnose or treat the condition.

How can I get my doctor to take me seriously?

Educating your doctor is the first step to having him/her understand Morgellons Disease. The Morgellons Reasearch Foundation provides a letter that you can print out and bring to your Doctor. This letter was prepared by Randy Wymore, Ph.D., Director of Research Morgellons Research Foundation and Rhonda Casey, D.O. at Oklahoma State University and helps to explain the symptoms and the disease that you are experiencing. Click her to download the letter.

What is the Morgellons Research Foundation?

The Morgellons Research Foundation (MRF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to conquering a newly emerging infectious disease, which we refer to as “Morgellons disease”. It was established in 2002 by Mary Leitao in honor of her child, who developed symptoms of the disease.

The MRF works with physicians, nurses, patients and research scientists in order to better understand the disease and to increase public awareness. The primary goals of the Morgellons Research Foundation are to increase awareness and find a cure for Morgellons Disease. For more information on the MRF, please visit their website:

Where did the term “Morgellons” come from?

The term “Morgellons” was coined in 2002 by Mary Leitao while investigating her son’s unexplained symptoms. The name Morgellon’s (with a hard “g”) is based on a piece of literature from the 17th-century in which several medical conditions with similar symptoms are referenced. While it is doubtful that the 17th-century disease has any direct relationship to the modern day Morgellons Disease, the similarities were such that Leitao elected to use the term in order to give a definitive name to a condition that many people suffer from without a conclusive diagnosis.