As autumn approaches us it is important that we change our ways to stay healthy during the colder weather. The colder weather can have a major effect on most people, let alone those living with lupus. People that live with lupus will know that the way you manage your symptoms changes slightly with every season; and for some the cold may be one of their triggers.
One of the most common effects of colder weather on people with lupus is spasming. This is caused by the temperature in the small blood vessels lowering and therefore causing possible pain, swelling, numbness or dislocation of the joints and muscles around the body.
Each day can bring different challenges for someone that is living with an autoimmune disease like lupus. So here are some tips to help you get through autumn.
Wear lots of layers – it is important that you keep your joints warm
Try to avoid exercising outdoors – the gym or home workouts are much warmer
Only stay out in the cold for short periods of time – try to take regular breaks from the outside and warm up to help reduce the chances of a flare up
Use hot packs when outside – these can help to keep you warm when outside for a long period of time
If possible, try to spend some of the colder months in a warmer climate – this can help to reduce your chances of flare ups
If you have recently been diagnosed with lupus and would like to speak to one of our consultants about how to deal with your condition during the colder months, please call (0) 20 7234 2155 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.