Lice And Morgellons?
by Worried in Texas
Is there a connection between lice and morgellons?
I just read that you could get Morgellans from lice and now I'm afraid my boyfriend may have caught this disease from the lice.
After going through an infestation of lice and having difficulty in getting rid of the vermin, I am finally free of the pest. I don't feel them crawling or suffer the itch that comes with them.
My boyfriend, on the other hand, claims to feel them still crawling all over his head, even though he has shaved his self almost completely bald, and has used every single lice product he could get his hands on each and every time it would not work.
Now less than a week ago he came to me telling me to look at his head and that if I could see the slug type things on his head and that they had a little white ball in them.
He also said they were so sticky he could not get them off no matter how much he tried and that his comb was going right through them.
Two days later he comes to me again saying there going up his nose, in his ears, and he's spitting them out from his mouth.
I'm very worried/scared for him but he has also yet mentioned anything about fibers coming from his skin.
Living with us is his mom and dad who are ill, his two sons, our two year old and myself. Should I be worried about us catching this also or already having it?
I also haven't told him what I think he may have. Please can someone help ASAP?!
Dear Worried in Texas,
Let me start by saying that you have to be careful about believing everything you read on the internet (including on this site). Yes, there is a lot of good information, but there is a lot of speculation, too.
Although some may say that there is a connection between lice and morgellons, we don't really know for sure if such a connection exists. It's not really likely that there is a direct connection, but it's possible that a weak immune system, combined with use of harsh pesticides (like in OTC lice treatments), fungal overgrowth, etc., can put your body in a position to be more susceptible to a morgellons infection.
No one can diagnose you or your boyfriend over the internet, and unfortunately, morgellons is not yet widely accepted as a legitimate "condition" in the medical world, so it puts you in a difficult position of trying to figure out what is troubling you and doing the best you can to get rid of the problem.
You mentioned that your boyfriend asked you to look at his head and see if you could see these "slug type" things on his head. DID you see anything? Sometimes we have the sensation of something that isn't really there
- it just feels like it.
For example, if you are with a group of people and start talking about lice, you'll notice that many of the people will start scratching their heads. That's a minor illustration, but I hope you understand what I'm saying.
Other times, what is going on internally (fungal infection/overgrowth, intestinal parasites, etc) can cause you to have the feeling of skin itching and crawling sensations.
If you are confident that what you first had was lice, it's possible that in your efforts to treat the lice with the pesticides, etc., you've weakened the immune system or created another infection that is not related to morgellons at all.
I can't tell you and your boyfriend what to do, but I can make some suggestions based on our knowledge of the body and what has helped others in similar type situations.
First of all, encourage your boyfriend to quit using the various lice treatments. If they didn't help before, they aren't likely to do him any good and will only make matters worse.
Secondly, get him to make up a mixture of warm water and sea salt so that he can rinse his scalp very well with it. After he has rinsed it well, apply a mixture of lavender and tea tree oil to the scalp.
If he does this a couple of times per day for a few days, he may find that it helps to relieve the feelings he is having and heal up any abrasions on his scalp.
Internally, I would highly recommend that he use a natural herbal cleanse. If he does have an internal parasite, infection, fungal overgrowth, etc., of some nature, this will go a long way toward getting rid of it as quickly and safely as possible. I suggest Herbal Fiberblend
Meanwhile, it's important to cut down on the sugar intake and junk food intake while you are trying to get rid of a problem like this. Your body needs all the nutrition and support it can get to sort things out. When you give your body sugar/junk food, you are just "feeding the enemy" and making matters worse for yourself.
Try to eat a really healthy diet for a few weeks until this is completely under control.
For future reference, when dealing with lice, you may want to read our article on home remedies for head lice
, particularly the section on using olive oil to kill head lice. It's safe and easy to do, and works really well. Of course, you'll want to be sure to wash bedding regularly when following any method so that you don't re-infest yourselves by accident.
I hope this helps some and that your boyfriend will be able to get rid of this problem that is bothering him and that it won't be a case of a connection between lice and morgellons.