Winter is a time where people frequently get sick, along with many lupus related issues that come along with the cold. It’s always good to try to stay as healthy as possible and there are a number of things you can do this season to keep from getting sick or having a flare.
One good thing to remember that you may not think of during the winter is sunscreen as even though many times the sun is behind the clouds, UV light can still come through and wreak havoc on lupus. Wearing a coat and hat can also help with UV light as it does during the summer, something which will also help with the cold. When keeping your hands warm mittens are the best because gloves can let the cold still get between your fingers. Dressing warm is very important to help combat Raynaud’s Disease which can cause low blood flow in the cold.
Since many people get sick during the winter season it is also important to to keep yourself from getting sick (a task which is easier said than done with lupus.) Some ways to avoid getting sick are avoiding shaking hands with people who may be sick, washing your hands frequently, and disinfecting shared items around your office or your home. It’s also very important (and recommended) that you get vaccinated for the flu and pneumonia each year. Anything that you can do to keep yourself healthy can keep you from having flares during the holidays.
The Lupus Foundation of America website has a number of resources that go more in depth about ways that you can stay healthy during the winter season. You can find information about preventing the flu and pneumonia and tips for keeping healthy during winter (many of which are listed here.) During the winter it can be difficult to avoid lupus flares and the effects of the cold, but many of these tips can help you have a healthy and happy holiday!