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Malassezia Yeast, Morgellons, Demodex or Parasites?

Back in time when i first created the original ‘Sonata’s Story’ blog
seeing how events were developing fast, i decided to create an improved version
and  ‘Malassezia – My Story’ was born...

On the Banners on Both sites one can see the inclusion of Demodex and Morgellons
as well as Fungal infections, simply because at the time i was searching and trying
to find out what the problem was as the symptoms were multiple and confusing.

I have written the story of how it was all initially thought as head lice, then body lice,
then scabies, then parasites, then demodex, then morgellons and along the search line
i was taking a slice of a theory from different forum gyrations, aided by photos
and symptoms described, some matching some not, and the theory kept changing
while i frantically trying to deal with a Medusa like of a Devil.

I spent hundreds of dollars and donned on me near lethal quantities of any chemicals
i could get my hands onto, and i fought my husband tooth and claw against the idea
of buying a microscope –what was the point? the google photo indicated i had morgellons
why spend extra money for a microscope?- until thankfully in the end
being out of solutions or reliable identification and the morgellons stories developing
for me like a script out of Dr WHO, he managed to convince me and i grudgingly
agreed for us to get a Digital one. 

This, initially opened the path to more confusion, feelings of horror and resistance
accepting what stared back at me, but then i got down to work and numerous photos
were taken of equally numerous samples from everywhere i could collect them
from both of us.

Soon its usefulness became apparent when were able to view what by the naked eye
looked like bumpy, pimply hair follicles, that were in fact creature infested
and impregnated, like in photo 1 – and what was even more difficult to see clearly
but felt painful and itchy in the private area, that were purple bumps like photos 2a and 2b

                        (1)                                                              ( 2a -2b )

                                       ( 3 )                                             ( 4 )

and how they opened and augmented as they developed as in photo 3
or  how the creature was liquid and mobile such as on fingers – as in photo 4

Still there were many questions and identification still very hard other than knowing
whatever it was it did not look like lice or scabies.

At the time my entire body was covered with regularly erupting bumps, scratch lines
and lesions and my hair thickly gluey, comb impenetrable and falling by the clamps.

These were some of the photos of ‘allegedly’ Morgellons symptoms i compared with
that looked almost identical to the lesions i had on my body:


Under the Digital microscope i could see some short black fibres ... seemingly moving!

I was desperate enough to be gullible enough not only to believe but even try
this ... Morgellon’s... ‘cure’:
“Have a Bath with Sun powdered laundry detergent with Colorsafe Bleach PLUS Alfalfa tablets.
These seem to combine to produce something that is lethal to the machines. (Machines???)
This cure for Morgellon's disease was discovered by accident.”

No need to say it was a Laughable Proposition of Zilts Results despite many boxes
of washing powder and bottles of Alfalfa, if one could be in the mood to laugh...

Soon it was obvious that this magnification was not adequate and something stronger
closer to professional level was needed – but again my man had to fight me
even though i could now see the need for it myself.

Eventually, i gave in and we bought the Biological Microscope.
In retrospect, one of the best things we could have ever done!

After initial familiarisation with the viewing, things started to look seriously ‘interesting’
as well as getting to clarify some of the mysteries viewed by the Digital one. 

Many samples later when we could repeatedly and unfailingly see
the constant presence of ‘something’ i started searching Google and G/ Images
for Parasites, alleged Morgellons fibres and Demodex, using as many variations
of keywords i could think of so the engines will bring as many links
and / or photos as possible..

I saw photos that burned the retinas of my eyes, burned holes in my brain and memory
and made me sick in the stomach, yet i still kept pressing on.

None of the countless ones we saw of Parasites seemed to match exactly the ones
we could see in our samples – they looked similar? ... yet not!...

Neither did they seem to match any of the Morgellons ones, despite the many
almost identical resemblance of lesions and other physical symptoms
on photos of body parts.

We could see Fibres very clearly under the B microscope, and unlike the ones
that looked only black under the Digital, some of the same sample ones
as well as of many others, looked bright Red, well formed, rounded and robust,
some looked Maroon, and some grayish and dishevelled, looking emty,
and much like dendrites opened up in some parts and disintegrating.

Some samples of crystalline shards, revealed developing fibres (1)
and only one among many samples of mine, while a few of my man’s,
showed what very closely resembled Demodex.(2-3)

Having no other way to find out the identity of viewed items, i posted some photos
and a desperate message in Microscope related  Forum, where people were posting photos
and had discussions Microscope related, some as their hobby and some as professionals
- so i understood – and i enlisted their help. There many great responses, many tried to help
but no one could tell with certainty, except for One person who presented me with their
full name and credentials, and who had been working in the field
and as a good professional identified one of the photos as a Yeast Fungus
but refrained from making a diagnosis and urged me to see... a Specialist... which i did ...
and turned out to be a very painful, extremely regretful... dead case ... twice!...

Nevertheless, i am eternally grateful to that Gentleman that made the effort to respond
to my plea and his input help me immensely!

I must confess here, that knowing nothing about Yeast Fungus, i was initially
rather sceptical about the correctness of the identification, but having practically ruled out
the Parasite case and finding nothing under either one of the Microscopes
that could substantiate the Morgellons case and remembering also my man exclaiming loud:
“Geeeesus!... this looks like Fungus!...” the first time we saw movement
under the Digital Microscope, i thought if nothing else, out of courtesy to the Gentleman,
i should search Google and Google Images and see if there is anything that resembles
the ‘yeast fungus’ of our samples.

  And here came the most significant revelation!

                              Photos 1- 2: Our samples                                    
                                         Photo 3 – 4: Google images


                                   Google images/ Photo sources:

Identical looking FibresDistinctive Nodule joints and abundant presence of
surrounding spores? / ‘meatballs’ – which unfortunately are not visible in our photos
due to poor ‘phone camera’ quality- despite absolute clarity when viewed under
the Biological Microscope!

On the assumption that the above ‘Lab Photos’ published on Google Images
are showing correctly identified and named the findings as Malassezia Yeast Fungus,  
and after comparing the striking similarity of the details, i was left with absolutely
no doubt anymore and targeted both my research and treatment efforts in that direction.

Many more samples from both of us from as many areas as we could collect them
repeatedly showed the same theme, over and over and over, Malassezia fibres/hyphae
coloured according to the different stages of development, e.g.
bright red when freshly drawn blood, marron later on, dark gray at end of cycle
light gray at beginning of disintegration and light gray with a dendrite appearance
when breaking open and falling apart.

No movement of the liquid stage was visible under the Biological Microscope
as we did not use any medium –we just placed the samples under the lenses-
showing only as liquid ‘appearance’ but the movement of the liquid stage
was clearly visible under the Digital Microscope.

Now let us have a parallel look at some of Our photos with some on Google Images:

                                         ( 1-2 )  Alleged Morgellons         


                                        ( 3-4-5 )  Malassezia ( Ours )

                                             ( 1-2 )  Alleged Morgellons         

                                            ( 3,4 -5 )  Malassezia ( Ours )


                                                                - - -

                                                            Note Nail....

                  Note Nail in the above Morgellons photo is highly fungus infected

                Below how nails can deceptively look healthy to the naked eye (1-2 )


                         And  what a view with a Digital microscope can reveal (1-2):

                                   ( note similarity with the ‘morgellons’ one – (3) )

Regarding Morgellons, according to one online source:

"This condition is not currently recognized as a distinct clinical disorder with established diagnostic criteria that are generally accepted by the medical community...”

This does not mean Morgellons does not exist, but simply that i do not feel i am qualified to verify
its existence or validity of symptoms etc.

In my view –and there is always a good chance for error- either many cases of simple
Malassezia yeast symptoms are mistaken or confused as Morgellons
or If Morgellons as such exists, causes the onset of aggravated Malassezia symptoms.

Incidentally, the Morgellons Photo below, also appears as Lyme Disease in G/ Images!


So... Who named it Morgellons and Who named it Lyme disease and Which one is it?...

   Lyme disease is detectable and treatable with a few weeks of antibiotics.

The long and the short of the story is, that for me, whatever the Name might be,
what is more important than the Naming or Category of this Malady,
is finding ways to either Control its devastating symptoms or an overall effective
Internal Cure - as there it is where the origin and proliferation is taking place
having finally arrived to this belief after many months of observations.

Control i have already achieved to the greatest degree i have been able to, so far,
but there is no ground that can be guaranteed as permanently gained and established.
Therefore, i have been hoping and working towards the discovery of finding an actual
and hopefully more lasting cure , either by means of some aid or by changing
and enhancing my immune system, while in the meantime applying the methods
that keep it under control and minimise both the Malassezia presence as well as
the manifestation or severity of the symptoms, thus making the everyday life liveable. 



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