Summer with Lupus: Overheating, Sun and Photosensitivity

Updated: Jun 8

Do you overheat easily in hot temperatures? Unfortunately, this can be a consequence of Lupus. Other causes of overheating include hyperthyroidism, menopause, diabetes, stress and anxiety and others. The reason for overheating for people with Lupus isn't completely understood. But changing temperatures affects people with Lupus in a lot of ways ...


According to Rheumatologist George Stojan, "Rising temperatures caused joint swelling, inflammation of the tissues that surround organs, rashes, and a decline of important blood cells, including white and red cells and platelets. High humidity resulted in joint swelling and inflammation."


What can you do about it?

1. Stay indoors with AC

2. Stay hydrated with cold/cool water throughout the day - if you are excessively sweating, make sure to rehydrate with electrolytes too (coconut water, a bit of a sports drink, and eat fresh fruits/vegetables with a bit of salt)

3. Try cooling gadgets - fans, ice packs for around the neck, a small towel that you put in the fridge or freezer to bring with you

4. Dress in cool, light layers that can allow air flow and be adjusted as needed