Winter can be a pain – literally. Cold temperatures, pressure drops, and biting winds can affect your health if you’re not careful. Here are some things to look out for if you suffer from Arthritis, Migraines, or Asthma.
Arthritis in Winter
When you hear someone talk about how they can feel the weather in their bones, you may have barometric pressure to thank. Barometric pressure drops before spells of bad weather, which can affect joints and cause arthritic pain.
Battle back against the pain with warming techniques that can help soothe your joints. A warm bath or a moist heat pad away from the cold winter winds can be a great relief to when your arthritis flares up.
Cold Weather Migraines
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, over 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from migraines . AccuWeather even includes a migraine index to warn people about potential headache-inducing weather. Winter can cause a number of triggers for migraines, with the National Headache Foundation citing the following as potential problems:
- Temperature changes
- High humidity
- High winds
- Stormy weather
- Extremely dry conditions
- Bright lights and sun glare
- Barometric pressure changes
Don’t let the cold weather get to your head. Keep warm and shield yourself from the wind to prevent again cold bursts and sudden temperature changes.
Winter Asthma Attacks
Cold weather can take your breath away. For people with asthma, it can be even worse. Inhaling a blast of cold air can be enough to trigger an asthma attack. Covering your face with a scarf or a winter face mask can help protect you from cold weather incidents.
Cold weather can also have an indirect impact on your asthma. The cold can keep you cooped up indoors for long periods of time with pet dander, mold, dust mites, and other potential triggers. A clean environment can make a big difference when you’re trapped inside during the winter.
Stay Pain-free in the Winter
Whether you’re suffering from arthritis, migraines, or asthma, it’s always best to see a physician about what you can do to ease your pain. Give us a call at 440-333-1107 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with Westshore today.
Katherine Eilenfeld DO, Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.