How to Stay Warm This Winter with CAPS

Some auto-inflammatory disease symptoms are triggered by colder temperatures. Systemic Auto-inflammatory Disease Support (SAID) has several winter tips for people who suffer from these diseases.

Examples of these diseases are CAPS (cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes), FCAS (familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome) and MWS (Muckle-Wells syndrome). The CAPS guidebook says,

“Cold foods, air conditioning, weather changes or swimming can set off fevers, rashes, aches, and conjunctivitis.”

For some autoinflammatory patients, winter can be challenging and miserable. Below are some tips from patients that suffer from these diseases to help decrease symptoms in the cooler months.

WinterSilks Clothing

Some patients suggest wearing long john undergarments or layering your clothes. WinterSilks clothing is highly recommended. These undergarments are made of 100% silk, so they are warm but thin enough to wear under regular clothes. They make t-shirts, turtlenecks and sleepwear.

Heated Clothing

You can buy battery heated jackets, shirts, socks and shoe insoles that have different heat settings.

Electric Blankets & Mattress Pads

Many patients suggest a heated mattress pad and electric blankets for your bed to help with aching joints and muscles. Some mattress pads and electric blankets have 2 controllers for each side of the bed. They almost all have different heat settings.

Hand Warmers

Many patients with these type diseases have chronic cold hands. Hand warmers are a must. You can keep them in your car or purse and have something warm available at all times. They will say warm up to 10 minutes.

Cooler weather is on the way!  Hopefully, these easy tips will keep you warm so you won’t have to suffer through another winter!


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