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Flake Update: The Rum Diary

Drinking rum for 4 days in a row isn't recommended for psoriasis

Who knew 4 days of drinking rum leads to flare-ups?

In my first post, I talked about alcohol and psoriasis. Everybody knows that drinking alcohol leads to flare-ups, which is why you should try to limit your intake as much as possible.

Which is what I was doing, until this week.

Now, not only have I fallen off the bandwagon, but I’ve hit my head on the way down, been run over by the back wheels, fallen in a massive vat of alcohol, and had my skin shredded to pieces in the meantime.

The problem is simple: rum. More specifically, a rum tasting session at the local brewery and an 8 year old bottle of dark, island-made rum. Oh, and coconut rum, and white rum, and pure, 80%-proof rum.

I’m not an alcoholic, but who would say no to a party? Especially when it’s your girlfriend’s mother’s partner’s 60th birthday. Exactly.

I knew it would happen, but my skin looks like London during the Blitz. My elbows have been bombed to pieces. So, what I’m doing is going on a two-day water fast. I’m currently at around 38 hours, and not feeling too bad actually. I’ve done a ten-day water fast before, and while it did not “cure” my psoriasis, my flare-up did die down, which is what I’m hoping for here.

As an aside, today, one of my colleagues called me a human “collage” as my skin is white, pink and red. I didn’t get offended — my skin is way too thick for that.

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I'm just an average 28 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.

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