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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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Does cold weather bring on a Lupus flare up? All my joints are swollen, weak and painful. As soon as the cold weather hit, I'm in pain everyday

Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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Does cold weather bring on a Lupus flare up? All my joints are swollen, weak and painful. As soon as the cold weather hit, I'm in pain everyday

Not per se but: cold and damp weather makes the joints hurt more regardless of the cause. Sun exposure on the other hand can trigger a lupus flare. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified
22 years in practice
1M people helped
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Dr. Steven Rosner
Board Certified, Rheumatology
170K people helped
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Is possible that you have lupus even if your only symptom is bilateral joint pain?Esp in morning and in cold weather?

Dr. Steven Rosner
Board Certified, Rheumatology
170K people helped
Is possible that you have lupus even if your only symptom is bilateral joint pain?Esp in morning and in cold weather?

Yes: Joint pain can be the only symptom of lupus but you would have to have several positive blood tests to make this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified
22 years in practice
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Robert Greer
Board Certified, Family Medicine
39 years in practice
6M people helped
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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?

Dr. Robert Greer
Board Certified, Family Medicine
39 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Board Certified, Rheumatology
32 years in practice
1M people helped
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Does rainy weather cause lupus joint pain to worsen?

Dr. Howard Feinberg
Board Certified, Rheumatology
32 years in practice
1M people helped
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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified
22 years in practice
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Dr. Regina Druz
Board Certified, Cardiology
36 years in practice
148K people helped
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What is the best climate for me. I have lupus scleroderma RA fibromyalgia and crest syndrome ?

Dr. Regina Druz
Board Certified, Cardiology
36 years in practice
148K people helped
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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Dr. Jerome Litt
Board Certified, Dermatology
66 years in practice
1M people helped
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What sort of disease is a cold-weather-related illness?

Dr. Jerome Litt
Board Certified, Dermatology
66 years in practice
1M people helped
What sort of disease is a cold-weather-related illness?

COLD-WEATHER ILLNESS: Cold-weather diseases & injuries include frostbite, chilblains, trench foot, & hypothermia. Also raynaud's phenomenon & frostnip. ...Read more

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Allison Greco
Board Certified, General Practice
4 years in practice
186K people helped
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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?

Allison Greco
Board Certified, General Practice
4 years in practice
186K people helped
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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Dr. Rose Gazin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
53K people helped
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My friend sleeps most nights in a damp t-shirt will this make her sick especially in the cold weather?

Dr. Rose Gazin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
53K people helped
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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
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Does cold weather cause colds?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
Does cold weather cause colds?

Viruses: cause common colds.

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
68 years in practice
9M people helped
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What are some harmful effects of being around cold weather, for a child?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
68 years in practice
9M people helped
What are some harmful effects of being around cold weather, for a child?

None: It depend on overall good health, including diet! ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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