Winter is in full swing which means most of us (depending where we live) are bundled up in thick layers of clothing to keep us warm. Those who suffer from gout might also be taking some extra seasonal precautions. As we all know, gout flares often happen at night when the temperature is at its coolest, making it easier for uric acid to crystalize and harden.
If you’re like me, a gout patient for many years now, none of this is new information. You’ve probably already taken advanced steps to ensure a gout attack doesn’t happen. However, if you’re someone who was recently diagnosed, you might be worried what the seasonal changes mean for gout attacks and prevention.
Not to worry! In this article we’ll take a look at the correlation between gout and winter, including whether it affects the frequency of gout attacks, and any preventative measures that can be taken. Check it out…
What is Winter Weather?
The question of what winter weather is very much depends on where a person lives. For some people, this means heavy snow, frigid temperatures, and strong winds. For others, it might just mean a drop in temperature and less sunshine. The time of year when it happens also varies depending on location around the world. In the United States, the winter season officially starts in December and ends in February. While it Canada, freezing temperatures can last well into the spring, extending to the end of March (snow has even been known to make an appearance in May!).
No matter where a person lives, dressing for the weather is imperative, particularly for gout. Winter isn’t the time to sacrifice practicality for fashion!