Sunday, April 09, 2006

Atopic Dermatitis, Scabies, et al.

Patients claiming to have Morgellons frequently present symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis (which is coded 691.80, amusingly I saw someone claim this was the insurance code for morgellons - that's probably what the doctor told them so they would get their prescription filled).

http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/dermatitis/

and

http://www.aafp.org/afp/990915ap/1191.html


Atopic Dermatitis symptoms are:
- Itching
- Rashes
- scratching
- Inflammation

How does Morgellons differ from Atopic Dermatitis?

And how does it differ from scabies - it seems with all these known diseases out there that cover the symptoms, why invent new diseases? Scabies actually is caused by a mite that burrows into the skin.

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