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The Affects of Winter Weather on Gout

December 25, 2012 by Teresa.

Old man winter is here again. For those of us who don't have the luxury or maybe even the desire to winter in Arizona, the change in temperature may not be a blessing. Shoveling snow, extra clothing, higher heating bills and colds and flus are some of the persistent downers connected to cold weather, but if you suffer from gout, they may seem more like mere aggravations compared to a painful attack. Some people even insist that they their body can predict a change in weather.

Is there a connection between arthritic flare-ups like gout and cold weather? The answer is a resounding yes and no. Although not conclusive, research suggests that it is not so much the cold weather that affects attacks, but instead the change of climate. In other words, even those who have moved to warmer climates may eventually adjust to their new environment over time resulting in gout attacks that are induced by climate changes in the new location as well. The secret of possible success seems to be avoiding frequent weather changes and that can be very tricky.

If indeed body temperatures are affected by weather changes then it may be fair to conclude that erratic temperatures could irritate nerves from crystallized uric acids reacting to these changes. However, the triggers may include hot and humid weather as well.

What's the solution?

- Dehumidifiers and air conditioners can help to regulate the environment within your home, possibly making it a gout-friendlier abode.

- Wearing warm socks (wool) and gloves and hats when outdoors are highly recommended. The outer extremities of your body get the coldest the quickest.

- Avoid as much as possible being outdoors in cold weather for long periods.

- If you live in a hot and humid region, stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is recommended.

The pain of gout can be intense. Identifying your personal triggers and then taking steps to avoid the triggers are important. If you have been diagnosed with gout, proper medications and lifestyle changes can also help to reduce frequent flare-ups.

Filed under: What is Gout.

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