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Can mold exposure cause Lupus?

By Anonymous January 5, 2012 - 8:26pm
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I have recently been diagnoses with SLE due to extreme joint pain and fatigue. Prior to this diagnosis I had several health issues related to mold exposure. We were removed from the building in question but several symptoms remained in my case. I was in 2010 diagnosed with interstitial Lung disease / Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis secondary to Aspergillus fumigatus mold exposure with very high markers for the mold in my blood. I guess i'm trying not to have Lupus! There is no history of lupus in my family on either side; could have this environment caused my current diagnosis? OVERWHELMED

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I was exposed to a heavy dose of mold and mildew abusing alcohol and drugs and have recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and gout I understand rheumatoid arthritis and gout are both misdiagnosis when you're exposed to mold mildew I unroll so also understand that it attacks the immune system which causes the joint pain and inflammation which occurs during rheumatoid arthritis is this any way connected with lupus?

June 8, 2017 - 2:17pm
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Hello Anonymous,

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition also can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues.

Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe.

Gout, which is a complex form of arthritis, can affect anyone. Men are more likely to get gout, but women become increasingly susceptible to gout after menopause.

Normally, uric acid dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine. But sometimes your body either produces too much uric acid or your kidneys excrete too little uric acid. When this happens, uric acid can build up, forming sharp, needle-like urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue that cause pain, inflammation and swelling.

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Hope this information is helpful,

June 9, 2017 - 8:43am
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I was diagnosis sle 10years ago. Now with medication i can control where i only have few flare up in a year. But i do remember i was exposed to mold one year before i was diagnosised. I was always wondering if that had any connection.

April 4, 2016 - 9:08am

Hi Anon,

I'm sorry that you feel overwhelmed, I know it's a lot to take in. Diagnosis of lupus actually takes a lot of testing so you may contine to be tested just to be sure that Lupus is in fact an accurate diagnosis for you.

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that is not caused by environmental conditions alone but it can be a combination of genetic and environmental conditions.  It inflames:

  • Joints
  • Tendons
  • Skin
  • Other connective tissue and organs

It causes the immune system to make antibodies that attack the body's healthy cells and tissue.

For symptoms, treatments, and diagnosis...please visit: https://www.empowher.com/condition/lupus/symptoms

Best wishes,


January 6, 2012 - 5:29am
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