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Doctor insights on: Lupus And Cold Weather

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Definition)

Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more


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In general, do people with lupus and related autonomic defiency need to avoid the humidity and weather temps in the 90s (even if they avoid the sun)? If so, why?

In general, do people with lupus and related autonomic defiency need to avoid the humidity and weather temps in the 90s (even if they avoid the sun)?  If so, why?

Avoid sun: The weather humidity and temp is not so harmful as the direct uv rays.Sunburn is a sign of too much uv exposure, a stressor.Any stress makes all autoimmune disease worse. ...Read more

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Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Yes: A drop in barometric pressure, which occurs with storm fronts, can make any type of arthritis worse. This includes the joint pain from SLE. ...Read more

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What is the best climate for me. I have lupus scleroderma RA fibromyalgia and crest syndrome ?

What is the best climate for me. I have lupus scleroderma RA fibromyalgia and crest syndrome ?

The Mighty Vitamin D: You may do better in warmer climate closer tot he equator for 2 reasons: more vitamin D and more exercise . Receiving more sunlight would naturally raise your vitamin D levels. Adequate vitamin D is essential for fibromyalgia relief, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.More exercise, especially light walking or yoga on the beach would add to the benefit of vitamin D. ...Read more

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Why when we feel the cold weather, hundreds of small dots appear on the skin till we use to the weather temperature?

Why when we feel the cold weather, hundreds of small dots appear on the skin till we use to the weather temperature?

Goosebumps!: These are goosebumps! goosebumps are a normal, natural way that the body uses to keep itself warm when it is cold. Goosebumps are caused by the hairs in the skin standing up straight, which helps save heat! the muscles attached to the base of the hair contract just like other muscles contract to cause shivering in an attempt to generate heat. ...Read more

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My friend sleeps most nights in a damp t-shirt will this make her sick especially in the cold weather?

My friend sleeps most nights in a damp t-shirt will this make her sick especially in the cold weather?

Not particularly: Hi, I'd have liked to know why she sleeps in damp Tshirt? Intentionally or does she sweat causing Tshirt to become damp? If weather is cold maybe it's still too warm for her indoors. Most people find it unpleasant and cold to wear/sleep in damp clothing and dampness may cause skin irritation/chaffing but it won't make her catch a cold or other infection if that's what you mean by ill. ...Read more

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The cold weather and the dry air has made my skin very rough. What to do to reverse the effects?

Dry air does suck...: ...The moisture out of your skin. After you bathe or shower, apply a good emollient lotion (any brand will do) to your skin while it is still moist, to lock in the moisture. If that doesn't solve the problem, there is more going on than just dry skin, and you will have to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I worked a 5 hour gig in the cold weather last night and I'm still feeling cold after almost 24 hours. Concerning?

I worked a 5 hour gig in the cold weather last night and I'm still feeling cold after almost 24 hours. Concerning?

5hrs in cold: Hello ~ my goodness, what cruel occupation do have to stand out in the cold for 5 hours! It would take till next spring to thaw! No, this sounds quite appropriate but please layer clothes in winter with gloves, ear muffs, Bally etc. Keep your house warm and stay indoors. 5 Hours in the cold is too much. No use being Santa if he comes frozen solid ! :-)) ...Read more