Biofilms in the Skin
Before we tackle the question of biofilms in the skin, let’s first understand what exactly is a biofilm. Fortunately for us, The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation has produced a quality documentary on biofilms and their roles in chronic disease.
Biofilms & Eczema
Understanding that biofilms are communities of bacteria, and a constant supply of pathogens, what evidence is there that these colonies can survive in the skin? Plenty in the world of eczema which is also known as “atopic dermatitis”. A recent study by Dr. Herbert B. Allen suggests that genetic abnormalities in filaggrin or other genes that lead to the production of a faulty stratum corneum facilitate the environment needed for bacteria to colonize the skin in eczema patients.
Morgellons & Biofilms
Peer-reviewed literature indicates a strong association with Morgellons Disease and Lyme Bacteria while Dr. Allen’s research indicates a strong association with Eczema and Staph Bacteria. Other studies have also observed Anaplasma, Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia in Morgellons patients.
Morgellons & Eczema
Is there a relationship between Eczema patients and Morgellons patients? Can the two exist independent of each other, yet while harboring the same bacteria? Both diseases cause intense itching and hyperpigmentation, but are they any different or do they both speak of genetic abnormalities associated with filaggrin disfunction? Is it likely then that there is a direct correlation between eczema patients and Morgellons patients?