Inflammation: Can the Summer Heat Make It Worse?

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Do high temperatures and summer heat make inflammation worse?

Health experts discussed the possibility that inflammation (when the immune system responds to a foreign irritant of some kind like a cut or a virus) with MarthaStewart.com and note some people experience more intense symptoms (possibly pain, redness, swelling, and heat sensitivity) during the hot summer months.

Dr. Stuart D. Kaplan, the chief of rheumatology at Mount Sinai South Nassau, explains that high temps and high humidity can amplify swelling in the body, and when barometric pressure drops (which usually occurs when it rains) the pressure in our body's joints rises -- something that people who live in areas where it rains during the summer should be aware of.

"This makes the joints throb and hurt more," Dr. Kaplan says. "Warm weather can also lead to dehydration, which can exacerbate pain and other symptoms."

To lessen the symptoms of summer inflation, Dr. Kaplan suggests the following:

- Drink plenty of water

- Make sure to get electrolytes, which he says can flush toxins from your body and may help reduce inflammation

- Stay out of the direct sun, as UV rays can intensify the issue

- Always wear sunblock when going outside (Find out The Doctors' top picks for sunscreen for adults and kids!)

- Wear breathable and loose-fitting clothes

- Apply cold packs or ice to sore muscles, joints, and areas of the body where you are experiencing inflammation

Learn about more ways The Doctors suggest beating the summer heat and also how to exercising safely when it is hot outside.

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