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10/05/2011 11:01 AM

Psoriasis and mold

10in10Diet
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I'm having a long and extensive flare this summer/fall and I'm waging war against mold with duct-cleaning and sanitizing, and the sealing of our sand floor crawl space by a crawlspace specialist. These are major undertakings to make the house less of a good home for mold to grow.

I've been taking long oatmeal baths, steaming up the bathroom beyond the capacity of the fan to prevent condensation. One thing that has escaped my attention until today is the toilet. (I mean other than normal toilet cleanliness.) This is the first time in my life I've had ps on my inner thighs. It began with long walks last spring in rough corduroy jeans and maybe made that skin Koepner-ized. (The Koepner phenomenon where skin trauma triggers ps.) Anyway, we have a deep water well and our cold water is ice cold all year. So, in the summer especially, the toilet weeps all the time. I've now attacked every nook and cranny of it with straight vinegar and a little sponge paintbrush to get between the tank and the bowl and in around the bolts on the underside of the bowl's back. My plan now is to swab the entire toilet daily with vinegar and dry it often. I'm thinking of making a fitted cover for the bowl – or a set of them, so I can switch them out frequently. But the bowl itself weeps after flushing, so that's not 'instead'.

I'm optimistic that all this will make a difference. Before, I was sort of resigned that living among the woods there was leaf mold everywhere, so it was hopeless. But the crawlspace expert said there's a big difference between a few airborne spores coming in from outside (the natural mold in the air) and a colony of black mold making a home for itself and becoming toxic to human beings!

Anyone else suspect a relationship between ps and mold?

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10/09/2011 07:35 AM
mpmom
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10in10Diet,

I've never considered it before , However I do agree that our environment plays a major role in the development of most autoimmune diseases.So it would make sense.

Let us know how you do. Also is there a toilet (made from a different material) that wouldn't weep? Just wondering.

I do know that the expert is right there is a big difference in the types of mold.


10/09/2011 03:41 PM
10in10Diet
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Our toilet does have a liner, intended to stop condensation. It's probably not as wet as one without a liner would be.

10/09/2011 05:55 PM
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Let me credit my partner here for helping get me up out of a hole, where I was feeling sort of 'sick', not up to doing my daily workout for several days. He didn't really push me to do it, but he did suggest I work on steering the topic away from my skin with others (some of whom have an endless series of useless suggestions I have to respond to) and stay positive, not let it get the best of me. I was just going to do a bit of stretching, but he sort of nudged me once I got started – that I really should stick with doing some exercise every day. I did a modified workout that didn't abrade any affected areas and now I feel positive, energized and confident that it won't take over my life.

10/14/2011 10:52 PM
mpmom
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I Walk every day (Usually 3 times a day)

No matter what

If I have to wait until 2 am I still walk.

I have other serious health problems So I can't walk as far as I use to but it's the one thing I do for me.

Your partner is right sometimes you have to set boundaries. I still work part time, Volunteer As a patients advocate for end stage Liver Patients , and do the normal things we all do. I set aside 45 minutes 3 time a day as my time.

you have to put yourself first for a few minutes per day


02/16/2012 06:39 PM
prayingkoala
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First post here , newbie here.... never thought about a mold connection... never had psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis until AFTER my next door neighbor at an apartment complex i was living in let her pipes freeze and they and the hot water tank burst and her entire apt and everything in it was covered in mold.... one year later it all began ....it's been almost 19 years....

02/16/2012 09:12 PM
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Anything that can be a irritant (mold)or that causes damage (a Burn)can trigger Psoriasis

Since Damage triggers th body to fight if the body is already having a autoimmune issue (which we usually don't know until we have a flair)then that's when we usually see psoriasis start.

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