Arthritis and Humidity
By May 14, 2012 at 9:49 am 4,068 13 8
Summer is just around the corner and with all the warm weather we have already had, I wonder what to expect for the summer months. For some people with arthritis, the humidity can have a detrimental effect on arthritis pain.
Researchers believe the reasons for increased arthritis pain during the summer months include barometric pressure, dehydration and temperature variations.
Barometric pressure causes levels of the fluid in the body to fluctuate as a result people suffer from anything including headaches and joint when barometric pressure rises. Joint pain is triggered because neuroreceptors in nerve endings are sensitive to rises in barometric pressure. The same applies when there is a huge decrease in barometric pressure in the winter months.
Dehydration can trigger joint pain because joint cartilage contains vast amounts of water. Humidity causes excess sweating and loss of body fluid and that decrease in joint fluid results in dehydration and pain.
Temperature variations seem to be a trigger for arthritis patients and others with joint and bone injuries. Humid weather, in particular, causes already sensitive and inflamed tissues to expand and thus increasing arthritis pain.
How do the summer months affect your arthritis symptoms? How to you keep your symptoms at bay and how do you stay cool during the summer months?