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Hairs of Morgellon sufferers
The organism/s causing symptoms seem to infiltrate the hair shaft from the root. Hair can become brittle, transparent, statically charged and lack keratin. Increase in hair loss is common on scalp, eye brows and eye lashes. Often the scalp and pubis cause the most pruritus, formication and shedding for sufferers.
On the scalp the shedding of white particles can present similarly to dandruff or flakey skin. The main differential being the shedding of filaments also.
Conversely, sufferers often have an increase of hair growth and hair length on other areas of the body, particularly cheeks, chins, forearms, legs and genitals. Hair growth on cheeks tends to be villous soft hairs, whereas on other areas hairs can be harsh, thick and dark. Some hairs have black, tarry hair roots.
|x20. Growth of villous soft hairs on face.||x40. Appearance of harsh hairs on calf.||x300. Black bulbous hair root. Extraction difficult and painful.|
|x300. Substance covering on infected hair bulb.||x300. Substance covering on infected hair shaft.||x200. White matter within infected hair shaft. Dandruff-like particle shed from hair follicle. Sand/crystal particles also shed from hair follicles.|
|x400. Silluotte of hair shaft showing white matter within.||x500. Closer look at white matter, appearing similar to insect larva.||x400. Infected hair becoming transparent. Note nearby filaments indicative of morgellons.|
|x800. SEM images by Mark Darrah (Stony Brook University, New York), analysed infected hairs - they had become hollow.||x200. Hair strand section completely hollow.||x400. Infected eye lash showing branching along shaft. Eruption site indicates structure has originated from the shaft core.|
|x400. According to Dr Randy Wymore (Oklahoma University), hairs examined on sufferers skin appear branched near the base of the hair shaft.|
|x100. Infected hair showing what appears to be a dehydrated larva; post blood meal.|