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    LittleQuaker

    This is something that's kind of been nagging on me for a while.

    I am 24 and have very poor facial hair growth. I do not shave my whole face too regularly, but the only places where my facial hair grows is a somewhat thin and short mustache (kind of like you see on young Latino gangsters in movies), a few hairs on my chin, and a few hairs under the middle of my lower lip.

    Oh... and lots of nose hair (dangit!). Now, I have hair elsewhere; I have hair everywhere you would expect to see a beard, but the hair is just not matured: it's vellus hair. It doesn't grow very long, though it does grow rather quickly.

    Background:

    • I am a rather small guy (5'4") but that is normal in my family (I'm taller than my father, who grows a full beard with yesterday's breakfast) and 150 lbs. I have matured hair in my pubic region and my armpits; my anal area; below my belly button; the back of my thigh (thin) and about half-way up my calves (also thin); and a little on my nipples. The hair on my arms is as long as normal arm hair, but it is thin and blond.
    • I have no sexual dysfunctions; I've never had my sperm counted or any hormone levels checked (I don't think...). I have been seen for a varicocele on the left side of my scrotum (and a very small one on the right) that I have had for a while; my testicles were ultrasounded and examined by a urologist: the conclusion was that they were fine, had ample blood flow, and nothing was suggested to be done about it unless in the future I find out I'm less-than-ideally fertile. My penis is average size.
    • I have a mole on my face that I was born with.
    • My brothers get facial hair to different degrees; my older brother has a beard, but it is thinner; my younger brother has spots of hair here and there. I have uncles in similar situations.
    • I have a small amount of Native American in me.

    And that is the end of the background. My questions are:

    Is this abnormal? Is there something I can do about it? How common is it for men to not develop a lot of facial hair?

    What might the causes be?

    Thank you for listening to my rant. And I will be so appreciative of any answers!

    :laughing:

    LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    Originally Posted By: readytogoGet that water infiltration problem solved first and then tackle the mold. You're wasting your time and effort otherwise.Except that no one thinks it's mold! The mold test is finished, and I have let some of it dry up. The white cottony mold turns into a fine powder when it dries leaving a pinkish foam on areas where it has contacted other materials. It is just like the stuff in the walls; and, I puffed some air into the dish and the mold dust drifted into the air. I inhaled some of it and the effects were the exact same as when breathing in the general air of the apartment!I'm convinced there is a problem and no one else seems to consider it as a possibility.What can I do?I am running another mold test in the other apartment to see if the results are the same or not upstairs where I don't experience respiratory problems.LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    Originally Posted By: readytogo

    If mold is present it must be killed, and that won't happen by painting over it. Luckily a mild bleach solution (wear gloves) will usually take care of the problem. But it will come right back unless you take care of the causes and that involves moisture. Some how water is getting in from the outside (unless you've got a leaking or sweating pipe) so start there. Check for any gaps, loose caulking, drainage away from the building, and missing or damaged shingles first. After you've stopped the moisture, it will be much easier to control the mold.
    Where can I put the bleach solution? Is it something I could put into a bottle and spray into the gaps between the window and the drywall after removing the framing?

    No pipes run that way as far as I know other than the heating pipes; there are plenty of cracks in the outside structure and lots of water caught in the mortar and brick (even when it is dry for several days there are still damp spaces).

    Also, if it is in the walls, why is it getting into so much of the rest of the apartment?

    Thanks for your GREAT advice about the bleach! I will definitely give that a try! :laughing:

    LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    Update:I saw a GI specialist a couple of days ago; took a while to get in to see one. He didn't run any tests on me really, but no matter. My problems have been slowly going away on their own.I've been doing 1/2 cap of MiraLAX every day, and it is working very well. My heartburn has pretty much gone away completely (I've started eating hot food and drinking beer).The specialist and I just talked; he told me about the drugs I was taking and to call and talk to his nurse if I ever had any other problems.Over all, it was a great visit, and I feel very comfortable now as I start to get myself back to my regular diet: alcohol and grease (j/k ).Thanks all for all the support!LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    Originally Posted By: IneligibleHere at least, mould is normally black. Mold comes in all sorts of colors, from black to green to gray to white.The mold test kit has incubated the full 48 hours and I can only say: OMG. It is just packed with a very fine 'cottony' white mold which is slightly brown/orange/pink at the edges.When we get more money, I will get another kit to test our old apartment and then compare the types and amount of mold.We are trying to paint and clean the carpets; we primed the living room today with an odor-covering primer. While we had the windows open and the primer was being applied, the odor was reduced and the breathing problems lessened. Now, however, after the primer has dried and the windows are closed, the odor is back and the breathing problems persist.I'm really not thinking this is a problem that a little cleaning will solve. We had the city health inspector out the other day, and she was more annoyed with us bugging her than anything. I have been good all day, but now as I sit on the computer in the more closed-up apartment, I am starting to feel very crappy and I am coughing up little white chunks of stuff.This is not good.LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    A couple of weeks ago, while very short on money, my girlfriend and I signed up with our landlords to be on-site caretakers/managers of our apartment building. The benefits were free rent plus extra pay here and there for working larger projects.One of the conditions of this was that we had to move to an open apartment on the lower level of the building, since our landlord prefers the management to be at the lower level facing the parking lot.This was all fine and good, and so far the work has been okay, though a little hectic (the previous managers left a LOT of stuff behind that needs to be taken care of). The problem, though, is that our new apartment is making us sick! I have received a complaint from the couple living next door, who have reported being unable to sleep in their bedroom now for many months because they wake up in the middle of the night coughing up all sorts of junk.I inspected their bedroom carpet, which they suspected of being moldy, and was unable to find anything. I also looked in the wall in my own room where the pipes run and didn't find anything.My girlfriend and I bought a mold test kit and have set it up last night (it takes 48 hours to incubate before showing mold). This morning I ripped one of the framing pieces off of the dining room window and found a huge amount of a white powdery substance resting in the cracks. I took the frame piece off in the first place because I saw some white stuff poking out through the cracks of the sill-frame meeting.I did a little research and found this thread: http://www.nachi.org/forum/f21/white-powder-attic-trusses-11675/index2.htmlI'm very worried that this might be mold, especially given the health problems in our apartment and the apartment next door (their bedroom touches our apartment and their living room is farthest from our unit). The problem is that I don't know how to approach the landlord to deal with this problem; they seemed sure that my neighbor was making up the problem given the lack of mold in the carpeting, so I am not sure how they would take me approaching them with this problem.I am also not yet sure whether or not this stuff I have found actually is mold and I don't know how to proceed to making sure this is mold and then convincing the landlords that it requires attention.Anyone who has any advice on this, your advice would be golden!!Thank you,LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    Finished a small plate of veggies and chicken. Feeling okay. Some gurgling down below and a little discomfort (intermittent cramping) but no gas or bloating.

    I hope this is on the mend.

    LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    Originally Posted By: readytogoDid you find out anything Not really. She mentioned IBS again and told me she was going to put in a request to have the specialist contact me for an appointment. I still haven't had any further tests run as the doctors keep passing me off to other doctors. Getting the specialist is supposed to take about 1-2 weeks; so I suffer till then, I guess.Yesterday morning (after two days without Miralax) I had a messy stool; it was a log, followed by slop, followed by diarrhea. I then went back to taking the Miralax hoping it would solidify things and make everything better. I also ate nothing but oatmeal yesterday since that seemed to have the least negative effect on my stomach. I got a little heartburn toward evening, but two Rolaids solved that and I slept comfortably (albeit it worried).This morning was nothing but diarrhea; I went twice this morning, and may end up going later too. I also noticed that the small apple chunks from my oatmeal yesterday had not really been digested at all. So, no more Miralax for me, and I am avoiding the oatmeal. I think the Miralax washed me out!! I am a smaller person, and taking full doses of that stuff every day is, I think, too much for me.The last doctor I saw did recommend something called 'probiotics'; she recommended Florastor. Supposedly it will help restore some of the yeasts/bacterias in my gut to help with better digestion. I missed last night's dose, but have been on it since Tuesday. Eating foods now produces much less gas and bloating, though I am not sure what to attribute that to. I am able to eat full-sized meals; at least I was yesterday, when I ate about 3-5 bowls of oatmeal per meal.My girlfriend is now starting to feel similarly; we may have a bug. I'd know if I did, of course, had the doctors bothered running tests on me! Anyway, I ate two carrots this morning and am still starving; gonna make some chicken and steam some broccoli.Thanks for checking up on me, by the way. I appreciate your interest in my problems! LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    Originally Posted By: readytogoMaybe this is all behind you now. Just remember to follow a good diet. Actually I was feeling bad yesterday again too; and had trouble eating a lot (though I did manage to eat more throughout the day).I feel like I'm going to have the same problem again today. But we'll have to see. I did have another very nice BM this morning; and the food that was at the end of it was what I had eaten for lunch yesterday.It just feels like my digestive system is all clogged up and slowed down, despite the fact that the time between ingesting and defecating a food is about like normal. I wish I could get this under control. I'm going to stop taking the fiber supplement, though; I think I may have overdone that one for sure!Thanks for all the advice; gonna make an appointment with a regular doctor today.LQ

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    LittleQuaker

    Yesterday, in addition to eating some vegetables and soup, I took a full dose of fiber supplement.Well, I just had a BM this morning...WOW!It was about 4-5 inches in circumference and twice as long as a banana, plus there were about 5 smaller chunks with it too. There is no way that all came from the little bit I have eaten in the past couple days; I'd say it's been stuck in there building up since probably Tuesday night or so, and my other BMs have been having to 'squeeze' by it.I feel a little nauseous now, but I think that is from lack of food. I'm going to eat some stuff and finish up on a daily serving of the Miralax.Man, that was something!LQ

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