New Jersey Scientist says: COLLEMBOLA (Habitus odontellidae) found in homes with fungal mold identified on human skin may often be misdiagnosed as afflicted with delusory parasitosis or morgellons.
COLLEMBOLA (Habitus Odontellidae)
March 4, 2008, Morristown, New Jersey, USA - Each year, thousands of Americans complain to their physicians about itching, stinging, biting and crawling sensations on or under their skin. Many believe they have head lice, scabies or the phenomena of what is called Morgellons. These people are often referred to psychiatrists or prescribed anti-psychotic medications. But clinical hygienist, Medical Mycologist, Medical Toxicologist and Histoathologist DMM Prof MJ Dumanov (non MD)suggests there is much more to this phenomena than meets the eye or the mind of the physician. The professor has identified Collembola (Habitus Odontellidae) often present and identified in his research studies of human habitations where fungal mold is present and alerts physician and dermatologists to inquire of their patients of the condition of their home. Specifically the physician must inquire and ask "is your home damp, does it have a musty smell or do you know of or see any mold?" If any of these are answered in the affirmative then an infestation by Collembola is a possibility requiring the use of the proper subClinical Investigation ®protocols and methods
2004 findings reported* in the Journal of the New York Entomological Association support the professor's recent disclosure. indicating that many of these humans certainly do have something in (due to skin barrier injury) and on their skin and it's called - Collembola. In 90% percent of those who participated in the reported study were found to have Collembola. All of study participants had been diagnosed with delusory parasitosis, a presumed psychiatric condition among people who believe they are infested with an insect or parasite. Happily the findings support the argument of many patients that they "actually have something crawling on their skin and they are not delusional"
Collembola are taxonomically hexapods with over 8000 described species worldwide, with six legs, antennas, and no wings. The common Collembola sp. springtail possess a "leaf spring" (hence the name) appendage is used for limited motility allowing them to jump up to 4 inches at a time. Collembola feed on algae, fungi, bacteria, decaying matter and now we see them as possible dermataphagocytes.
The professor states "Collembola are active in wet or damp human habitations and often are associated with a presence of fungal mold. Eliminating the fungal mold and causation of its presence often results in the riddance of the Collembola" When asked why are they contemporaneous he says "Some fungi are clearly a delicacy to many arthropods (insects/mites) and these bugs are gourmets! " in addition he goes on to say "It has also been my observation that 80% of our clients are females and it appears than many of these arthropods are attracted to their scents, perfumes, shampoos, applied aromatics and pheromones"
We wanted to know the professor's opinion and view about the new condition refereed to as "morgellons". Prof Dumanov stated "I can't begin to tell you then many calls I get nationally about the condition referred to as morgellons. A recent local case involved a young mom that was being treated as delusional and prescribed with anti-psychotics. After our interview and consultation we decided to investigate the case using the sC-I subClinical Investigation® protocol and found there to be in fact Collembola present.
On Morgellons: I can not justify calling "Morgellons" a single diagnosis. The collection of symptoms, the associated complaints and limited clinical presentations are in nearly all cases dermatological, allergenic, immune or auto-immune related, toxicological in origin and of course involving many microscopic arthropods and pediculites such as Collembola, demodex, fleas, mites, bed bugs, geographic lice: capitis, corpus and pubis and other arthropods. And yes many other related conditions including pleomorphic fungi (fungal vegetations) because an invasive fugal presence may be viewed as arthropods in the skin. Morgellons are easily explained by the current clinical diagnostic model, Morgellons in general are no mystery when understood by those with the required clinical integrations and the applied differentials for such, it is complicated. The mysteries that do exist are often routinely solved and cases with a longer history being at times highly complex require an in depth investigation employing the sC series of protocols. The correct subClinical protocol selection is critical. Having resolved many highly complex cases there is so much more to be said. Medical doctors fully understand once the pathogenesis and related gross pathology-the bigger picture is recognized "
"Patients that suspect they have arthropod or microscopic insects under their skin need to know that it is not possible except in the rarest conditions because of serum pH and the anaerobic condition as a lack of oxygen (excluding anaerobic) that does not permit their presence. It should be understood that which feels like a creeping or crawling sensation is often a result of arthropod saliva and the allergic reaction it produces. Scratching, such traffics the irritation and sensations. Traumatic inoculations, be aware that it is not uncommon for any flying insect to get trapped in your clothing and get crushed and then "in your skin" especially in the warmer months or areas. This does not and can not become a systemic invasive condition or disease. We have conducted many subClinical Investigations® and have always provided an answer and or solution. There are no unsolved mysteries-we have seen too many cases. "
Regarding the health effects little is known or how to prevent or treat them as a problem for human skin but using common immunohistological techniques that can be ascertained by such appropriate testing and study. The professor interestingly notes that 80% of the reported population sample consist of females. He suggests the reason may be females skin is more sensitive, that the Collembola may have an attraction to hormones or even possibly perfumes or other scents.
The professor encourages anyone experiencing such symptoms or condition see their physician or a dermatologist first (skin scraping) and if the symptoms persist have a certified subClinical Investigation® conducted of their home and a subsequent investigation report for their doctor for the findings. "Most importantly - do not self diagnose. There much more that needs to known and integrated for a complete diagnosis."