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Why Humidity Affects Arthritis
Fluid retention: Heat and humidity causes some fluid retention which aggrevates joints. Cold causes stiffness in the muscles. So you get it from both extremes. But most arthiritis patients are bothered more by a barometric pressure drop (comes before a storm front). This was confirmed by a rheumatologist in denver who used a pressure chamber to study this phenomena. ...Read more
In hot, dry weather my arthritis is happy but add a bit of humidity and the pain goes through the roof. Why does this happen?
Fell on left palm months ago. Wrist now hurts with rain and humidity. Onset arthritis? Any remedies to ease pain? Pain is heightened during rain
Moderate humidity?: Moderate humidity is good. High humidity and arid (dry) air is bad for psoriasis. Significant humidity can lead to excessive perspiration, with bacterial and dungal growth in areas prone to psoriasis and worsen the skin disease. Zinc oxide 5% found in gold bond extra-strength can help with skin disease. Otherwise, the medication for psa for joint disease can be increased. ...Read more
I have lupus and I get worse every winter. I live in pa. It's always so humid here. We are thinking about moving to az. Do you think this will help. I've had lupus for 14 yrs. I also have arthritis, osteoporosis, sjogrens, renauds and fibromyalgia.
Moving AZ: Moving to az is a good thing. The stability of the barometric pressure helps some people with your kind of pains. The northeast is not conducive to your comfort. ...Read more
Depends on type: 150 types of arthritis. Gout is affected by diet (prot., purines, alcohol); rheumatoid maybe modestly affected by amt and type of fat intake. High fat and omega 6 (land fats) can increase body's chemical mediators of inflammation; lower fat and omega 3 (marine oils) lower them. Flax/walnuts nahclinical effect? Maybe; couldn't hurt. Doesn't take the place of meds. Cherries don't stop gout attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthritis, young man: Hello: Many arthritides can be seen in young males. Immune diseases like Anklylosing Spondylitis (which comes under umbrella of Spondylo-arthritides and includes conditions like Reactive arthritis); arthritis from infections like streptococcal bacteria, or viruses (parvovirus, or hepatitis virus). Crystals i.e., Gout, can be seen too. The history, pattern of joint involvement can give clues. ...Read more
Reduces trauma: Losing weight: 1. Decreases trauma while active and weight bearing to your joints, especially hips, knees, ankles, and feet. 2. Weight loss in the abdomen, straightens posture, and reduces stress on the facet joints of your back. 3, finally, you become a pro-active patient, one that does not just say, " dr. Give me a pill." this will spill over into other problems you may have, or may develop! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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