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Summer Heat, Chronic Pain, Inflammation, and You

Summer heat and humidity can be difficult to manage when you’re healthy. But when you suffer from chronic pain, it can be even more challenging. People with chronic pain conditions may have difficulty regulating their system when the weather heats up. Extreme temperatures may lead to an increase in inflammation and pain. Luckily, there are solutions to help manage pain during the hot summer months.

It’s always important to check with your physician if you notice a change in your pain level. If you are taking anti-inflammatory medications, the dosage may need to be changed during this time of year. Additionally, you may find that staying indoors or adjusting the air conditioner will help. A dehumidifier may help to reduce moisture in the air as well. If you do have to be outdoors, take frequent breaks to cool off and don’t overexert yourself.

Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet is advisable throughout the year, but especially when it’s hot outside. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can cause dehydration and stick to water when possible. Wear natural fabrics like linen and cotton that are loose-fitting. Tight, uncomfortable clothing can exacerbate your pain.

Topically applied in the morning and before bed, Milkweed Balm soothes your muscles naturally. The oil from the milkweed seed may help to reduce inflammation, while the natural ingredients soothe your skin. Apply as often as needed throughout the day.

High temperatures can be physically draining when you’re dealing with chronic pain. Try to create a comfortable environment in your home and use these tips to avoid worsening your condition.