If you have eczema, thoughts of short shorts, tanks, and bikinis may make you want to hibernate. Summer is prime time for the type of itchy, dry, flaky skin that exacerbates eczema. However, you can’t win when cold, dry, windy weather is just as bad. Eczema reacts when the body’s temperature in unbalanced and skin is either too hot or too cold.
3. Joint Pain
Is that tricky knee or sore elbow acting up again? Look at your thermometer, its likely cold and dry outside, which is when arthritic pain in weight-bearing joints will act up. Studies back this up with claims that a drop in temperature and humidity will cause sensitivity and inflammation in affected joints.
If there’s a storm brewing inside and you’re prone to depression, chances are there’s a grey cloud over your mood as well. A study from the University of Barcelona has linked changes in the barometric pressure, which commonly occur in the hours pre-emanating a thunderstorm, with increased depression symptoms. If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (or SAD) you already know how cold, seasonal weather affects moods negatively.
You may shy away from exercise for fear of it triggering an asthma attack. However, those inflamed airways might be the set off more so by weather and less so from actual physical activity. When cold air is taken into the lungs it has less time to warm up in the airways, causing sudden inflammation and the inevitable restricted breathing associated with an asthma attack.