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Re: Eczema / Skin conditions on boats

The best method is to run a dehumidifier, but without access to shore power, that's out.

I don't know where you are to know how humid it is generally. Ventilation can help, but not so much, if in the tropics, for example.

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I have had eczema. We live in a motor home, and we have been fighting mold for years. I don't know if the mold contributed or not. My doctor prescribed some creme (prescription strength) and it cleared it up. Took a while. Now I use an over the counter creme called Eucerin Eczema Relief. The stuff works great.

For the mold, we used Damp Rid to keep the moisture down. We have six of the Damp Rid pots and a couple of the hanging bags scattered around, mostly in closets and drawers, and my wife sterilizes/sanitizes everything. It seems to keep the mold down. Of course, it gets worse in the winter. We are in the Puget Sound area and it is always very damp in the winter.
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Re: Eczema / Skin conditions on boats

I have eczema on my hands. For me it is essential to wear gloves and not damage the skin. Once the skin is damaged, it takes a very long time to heal. Also regular using a hydration hand creme, as opposed to high fat creme, helps a lot. Mold could be a problem because that stuff will try to invade your skin cracks.

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Re: Eczema / Skin conditions on boats

Originally Posted by Eugene Golov View Post
I was curious to hear your feedback on two things:
  • Sailors with eczema (atopic dermatitis) or similar skin conditions: does your skin get worse from spending time on boats? What do you think causes that? How do you deal with it?
  • Do any of you have advice on cleaning mold out of textiles that cannot be taken off and washed (part of my upholstry is fixed to the interior). I was considering buying ethanol (95% ethanol, 5% methanol), but I'm not sure about the fumes.
Eugene, I spent a lot of time chasing mold because my wife has asthma. This worked for us, but as someone else said your location may be a factor.

- Replace the shaft seal with a dripless seal to keep the bilge dry. Moisture in the bilge means moisture in the whole boat.

- Once the bilge is dry, clean it with dawn and hot soapy water, then clean down the engine.

- Look into the kinds of cleaners you're using. Some cleaners may remove surface mold, but actually promote mold growth.

- Add one or more solar fans to promote airflow. Mold likes stagnant air. On our 30 footer one fan in the v-berth was enough to keep the air flowing. You might consider a second fan on a larger boat - one pulling outside air in and one venting out to move air through the boat.

- Replace your cushions. This made a big difference for us. I tried multiple ways to wash our original cushions but could never get rid of that mildew smell. I'm not sure what to tell you about textiles fixed or glued into the boat.

- Kanberra Gel. The stuff is pretty amazing at killing mold. We put one in the galley, one in the salon and small containers in the head and v-berth. You can buy refill bags to keep the containers full as it evaporates. We'd open the boat up after two weeks away and there would be no boat smell.

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