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Arthritis and cold: How To Take Care Of Your Joints & Bones During Winters

Other Diseases By Chanchal Sengar , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Dec 14, 2012
Arthritis and cold: How To Take Care Of Your Joints & Bones During Winters

The condition of Arthritis may complicate during the winter season. Here are some tips to take care of them from the cold climate.

Winter season not only brings chills but also complications. People who have Arthritis needs to be extra cautious during the cold season as it tends to be bad for bone and joint health. As the temperature drops, the complications arise for them. It is important to keep oneself active and protected at the same time to not let the weather deteriorate your health. If you or any of your loved one is a patient of Arthritis, here are some valuable tips to stay safe from this season.

Stay warm

As the weather changes, so can the pressure in your joints. The expanding tissues put pressure on the joint. People can actually feel changes in air pressure in their joints, which is why some people say they can predict the weather by the pain in their joints. Bundle up from head to toe in several layers, preheat the car before getting into it and make sure your home or apartment is kept warm. If it is too cold sleep under an electric blanket, warm clothing in the dryer before dressing and drink warm or hot drinks, such as coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

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Keep moving

It’s also important to keep moving if you have arthritis. Try exercising the affected joints before going out in the cold weather. It also helps to maintain a regular exercise program year round. Exercise will not only loosen stiff joints, but will help prevent winter weight gain that puts more stress on painful joints.

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Joint stiffness isn’t the only problem low temperatures can cause. Raynaud’s disease is a condition in which the blood vessels quickly narrow, reducing the flow of blood and causing the skin on the fingers, toes and even the nose to temporarily turn white, then bluish. As blood flow returns, the skin turns red and becomes painful. In rare severe cases, Raynaud’s can cause skin sores or tissue death (gangrene) at the tips of the fingers and toes.

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Raise room’s humidity

People with Sjögren’s syndrome need to add moisture back into the environment when the air is dry. Run a humidifier to raise the humidity level in your home and use lotions after bathing to keep skin moist. Use artificial tears for dry eyes and keep a water bottle on hand to sip to relieve dry mouth. Be careful about using mouthwashes with alcohol or over-the-counter cold remedies, either of which can worsen dryness.

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Be wary of medicine's side-effects

Many prescription medications, including antidepressants and high blood pressure medications, can also cause dry mouth. If you’re taking these medications and having trouble with dry tissues, ask your doctor about the possibility of changing your medication or combating dryness with other treatments. In more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe a medication to increase saliva flow or recommend a simple medical procedure to block the drainage of tears out of your eyes, leaving more natural tears in the eyes to moisten and lubricate them.

Measures to breathe easy

If you have difficulty breathing, try a face mask when you need to go out in the cold. Such masks, which can be found at many outdoor and sporting goods stores, cover your mouth and use the heat from your own breathing to warm the air before it enters your lungs.

If you have symptoms brought on by cold weather, be sure to mention them to your doctor. Also, check out this video where doctor is telling some ways of arthritis prevention.

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