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Winter health problems

winterWinter can be a glorious time of year for some of you, whether you prefer to be outside skiing or inside curled up by the fire with a hot chocolate and a good book. Often, though, people experience health issues brought on by this coldest season of the year.

Problems can include troubles breathing, painful joints, and dry skin. The following article gives a brief look at how to help fix these three common winter conditions: Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe, The Globe and Mail, December 2012.

For people who live with arthritis, winter can be a pain – literally. Joints can be more painful and uncomfortable with the onset of rainy and cold weather. A common condition among those with autoimmune diseases is Raynaud’s phenomenon, which can become more bothersome as temperatures drop. To learn about Raynaud’s, check out this article at Katie Meakem, EmpowerHER, November 2012 or visit the Spotlight on Raynaud’s Phenomenon at

When winter is here, do you think you can feel it in your bones? You might not be crazy. Cold weather, for many who live with arthritis, can stiffen muscles and may also worsen arthritis symptoms. Some studies have demonstrated a worsening of arthritis symptoms with low barometric pressure and high humidity. There are theories that low pressure systems, usually associated with damp or rainy conditions, could cause joints to swell. So remember to “Dress warmly, work out inside, and get enough vitamin D. These are some of the ways you can get arthritis pain relief despite the bone-chilling cold of winter weather.” Madeline Vann, everydayHealth, December 2012 .