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Living with arthritis in summer

Summer is well and truly here and while it’s great to get out and enjoy the sunshine and get some Vitamin D, it is important to remember to take care of your skin, particularly if you have arthritis.

Some auto-immune conditions, such as scleroderma and lupus, can flare-up from sun exposure and may make a condition worse. It is important to apply sunscreen every day, seek shade and wear cool long sleeved clothing and a hat when outside.

Medications such as Plaquenil, Methotrexate or Azathioprine, can make people more susceptible to sunburn. For people on these medications, it is highly important to slip, slop, slap and stay out of the sun as much as possible. Always check with your pharmacist or doctor if you are concerned about your medications and their side effects.

Don’t forget to stay well hydrated! Some medications like prednisolone can leave you feeling thirsty. 

Finally we all know that the air-conditioner gets a good work out at this time of the year. For those on a lower income the government has a scheme in place to help with the cost of heating and cooling if you or a family member has a recognised health condition. For more information you can call the hotline on 1300 735 350 or go online to