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starzphalling
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   Posted 7/22/2007 3:04 AM (GMT -7)   
ok so where i live it can get pretty humid, does the humidity effect you guys and how? i can't decide if its the sun or humidity or both, or you know everything combined. so yeah more 5am rambling because i can't sleep - please share stories or tell me im crazy tongue (feel free to do both hehe)

hippimom2
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   Posted 7/22/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
starz, I have a lot of problems with humidity too. For me, it's the sun, the heat and the humidity. Where I live, the humidity is pretty high and it does take its toll on me. We usually go to the mountains once during the summer and I usually get at least a little relief from my symptoms because of the cooler weather and the dryer air. I'm not sure why humidity can aggrevate symptoms - maybe someone else will know more about it.
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   Posted 7/22/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Humidity is hard on the body in a couple of ways --

1) It's harder for the lungs to get enough air - when the air is saturated with water there is less room for the oxygen - the lungs have to work a lot harder to pull the oxygen from the air.

2) It affects the way our cooling systems work. Normally, when we get hot we sweat, and as the sweat evaporates it causes a cooling effect. When the air is already saturated with water, the sweat doesn't evaporate, thus we don't get cooled...and the resulting heat is hard on our bodies.

I have lived all my life in high humidity with high temperatures, so at first I denied that lupus made me more sensitive to it. Why should sometime I've handled just fine for over 45 years be a problem now? In reality, though, anything that causes more stress to the body can cause our mixed-up white blood cells to attack us, cause inflammation, and that causes us to feel poorly ---

I find that if I limit my journey's outside the the A/C to the mornings (before 11 am) and the afternoon (after 4:30 pm), I can manage without too much effect. However, running errands that lead me in/out of A/C multiple times in mid-day, when the heat is already at it's highest, is a sure recipe for spending the rest of the day on the sofa or in bed. Also, if I do want to do something outside on a cooler (but still high humidity) day, I'm okay if I leave A/C and stay out for a while, rather than going in/out a lot.

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 7/22/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Starz,

The heat and humidity really get me down. First of all, I sweat profusely and my face and body turn beet red, even when I haven't been in the sun. In fact, I never get in the sun. People frequently tell me, "Oh, you have such a bad sunburn." It's just the effects of the heat. Add to the equation the extra humidity we've had this summer, and I can hardly bear it. I stay inside at home in the a/c with a fan blowing on me most of the time. When I go out I always carry a cardboard fan in my bag because I find that even in an air conditioned store or restaurant I prespire and have to pull out my fan. It can be embarassing because I don't like to bring attention to myself, but otherwise I'm wiping perspiration off my face. And when the humidity and heat are too bad, I feel as though I were going to faint. I just hate it and can't wait for fall and summer.

Lynnwood, your lupine line is great. You explained it so well.

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   Posted 7/22/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, the humidity can be a bad here too... really bad :( One good thing about it though is that if you suffer from Sjogren's it can be much better for dry eye symptoms versus dry weather. I suffer from dry eyes and I couldn't imagine how more worse they would be in a dry climate. But, they seem to dry out horribly in the car with the A/C blowing, I can't have it blowing directly in my face... I used to love that.
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misscali
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   Posted 7/23/2007 3:55 PM (GMT 0)   
I thought it was just me too! I live in California where the weather is mild and dry but I go to school on the east coast and the humidity is awful here!! At first I didnt know why I was so much more fatigued but now I think it is due to the heat and humidity. Sometimes I would get bad headaches and do not want to do anything except lay next to the fan.
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