Cold weather can impact autoimmune diseases

Published: Jan. 9, 2017 at 6:52 PM EST
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Cold temperatures can often have an effect on those with autoimmune diseases. Cold weather places additional stress on the body for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

Those with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick or have a flare up.

"It is real common with people who take chronic medication to forget to take them. Now is not the time or seasons for folks with autoimmune diseases to accidentally forget to do that," James Thompson of Carilion Clinic Family Medicine said.

Doctor Thompson also recommends those with autoimmune diseases stay out of the cold and to get the flu shot.