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Doctor insights on: Does Warm Dry Climate Help Osteoarthritis

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Could moving to a warmer climate help allay the pain of osteoarthritis?

Could moving to a warmer climate help allay the pain of osteoarthritis?

Yes...: We're not sure why the weather effects people with osteoarthritis... But it does. People who live in dry warmer areas usuallly report less discomfortt.

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more


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Expert opinion - should moving to a warmer climate help allay the pain of osteoarthritis?

No: Osteoarthrtis is a disease with degenatives changes in the cartilages. Some people experience pain some don t. When people move to a warmer or even a colder enviroment, a change occurs and people feel better, but when the individual gets acostumed to the new enviroment, symptoms occur again. The signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis will not differ in different climatic regions.

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Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Yes, but...: Humidifier does provide extra moisture to upper airway, i.e., nose and throat. However, high humidity over 60% provides a favorable environment for the molds to grow and may aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms.

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Is dry climate better for asthmatics than humid?

Is dry climate better for asthmatics than humid?

Not necessarily: Long periods of hot dry weather lead to high ambient ozone levels. Ozone is a respiratory irritant and can precipitate asthma symptoms in susceptible individuals. Urban areas with hot dry weather also have higher levels of respiratory irritants like sulfur dioxide and diesel exhaust particles.

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I'm prone 2 sinusitis & alergys. I live in a windy dry climate. What can I do besides keep taking amoxicillan?

I'm prone 2 sinusitis & alergys. I live in a windy dry climate. What can I do besides keep taking amoxicillan?

Chroinc sinusitis: See an allergist to test for allergy and optimize treatment. Patient with severe allergic rhinitis gets chronic sinusitis due to obstruction of the outflow tracts of paranasal sinuses.

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How do you get rid of flaking skin in dry climate?

How do you get rid of flaking skin in dry climate?

Emollients and humid: Using topical moisturizers are very useful as well as humidifiers. Also, shorten shower or bath time, as well as use tepid temps only for bath water. Normally creams are better emollients than lotions. Cereve cream with an ingredient known as ceramides is wonderful. Restaderm by cetaphil is also fantastic.

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My nose keeps bleeding. Everyday it will just start to randomly bleed. Why could this be? Can it be due to a dry climate?

My nose keeps bleeding. Everyday it will just start to randomly bleed. Why could this be? Can it be due to a dry climate?

Could be: It could be from that or various other things. Do you use any products like Afrin (oxymetazoline) in your nose? Do you sleep under a fan or with air blowing on you? Are you running the A/C or heater in your home? All of these things can make nosebleeds more likely. Good luck!

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Dry nose. Have hard scabs in nose that bleed sometimes. Hurts to blow nose. Live in colorado very dry climate. How can I soften nose to prevent?

Dry nose. Have hard scabs in nose that bleed sometimes. Hurts to blow nose. Live in colorado very dry climate. How can I soften nose to prevent?

Sometimes impetigo: Sometimes scabs in the nose may just be from dryness, but other times, they may become secondarily infected. If vaseline or neosporin don't work, there is a chance it could be an impetigo infection. In such which case you would need to have an appointment for evaluation and a possible a prescription for something like mupirocin (an antibiotic) ointment.

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Eyes are red, burning, watery, itching. Comes and goes. Upon waking sometimes also. Dry climate. Should I get dry eye or allergy eye drops?

Eyes are red, burning, watery, itching. Comes and goes. Upon waking sometimes also. Dry climate. Should I get dry eye or allergy eye drops?

Both: Use allergy drops to relieve itching and redness, and use lubricant drops to wash allergens out of the eye and provide wetness.

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38. Constant sneezing bouts, runny nose, congestion 6+ mos. Tried most all allergy meds. No luck. Dry climate. Humidfier. Ent says no sinusitis. Next?

38. Constant sneezing bouts, runny nose, congestion 6+ mos. Tried most all allergy meds. No luck. Dry climate. Humidfier. Ent says no sinusitis. Next?

Allergy testing: If you have done like you said above and have taken your allergy medicines long enough and daily, not just pop a pill when you think you need to, then it is time to see an allergist for possible allergy testing and allergy shots. Most of the time we do shortcuts. Need to take allergy meds everyday till two weeks symptom free before you stop taking it altogether! That is why it is not working

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How come people who live in warm climates are happier than people who don't?

How come people who live in warm climates are happier than people who don't?

Said who?: Happiness is difficult to measure, but I suspect you are mistaken. People who live in cold climates such as the finns, swedish, russians, nepalese, swiss, and many others might disagree.

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Is seasonal affective disorder something to be concerned about in warmer climates?

Is seasonal affective disorder something to be concerned about in warmer climates?

SAD: Seasonal affective disorder (also called sad) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer.

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Will it help if I move to a warmer climate?

Why: Depends. Are you thinking of moving for a medical condition?

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If you live in a warm climate, do you still get colds?

If you live in a warm climate, do you still get colds?

Yes: Upper respiratory infections, or the common cold has nothing to do with the temperature of your image. They are caused by viruses present in all climates.

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Would it be beneficial for someone with osteoporosis to move to a country with a warmer climate?

Would it be beneficial for someone with osteoporosis to move to a country with a warmer climate?

No: The climate does not have any affect on osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means poor bone density. It can best be prevented by weight bearing exercise from a young age.