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.
That's my lupine line!
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
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