Should You Go South for the Winter?

It's true that certain weather conditions have different effects on certain people. Some people thrive during warm weather, while others have trouble. Some find that they do well when it's humid and others can breathe easier when it's nice and dry. If you find that your breathing and overall health are on the rise during the summer months and early fall, then you may want to consider living where it's warming during the winter.

Of course, this isn't always possible – you might have obligations, family that you want to be near, or maybe it's just not in the budget. If you possibly can escape to warmer weather for half of the year, you might end up saving yourself a lot of money in the long run in medical bills.

You probably noticed that you get sick more during the winter than in the summer. This isn't because of the temperature. You can't get sick simply from being cold, although it has been known to irritate the airways when exposed to cold weather for long periods of time. The reason people usually get sick more often during the winter, is because people are cooped up indoors and are closer together much more often than during the summer. You can get the same effect in severe heat when no one wants to go outside, and are instead inside where there is air conditioning. However, people spend much less time outdoors during the winter.

If you're up for it, and your doctor also approves and thinks it's a good idea, you can start planning to visit a warmer state during the winter. If you're lucky to know someone who lives in the south, you may be able to stay with them, or pay for a month-to-month or 6-month lease apartment if you have the money saved up. You will also want to make sure all of your medical needs will be covered wherever you are going. Maybe your doctor can refer you to a doctor in the city you will be staying. Make sure you know where the pharmacy is in the area.

Be sure to notify the post office to forward your mail to your winter address, stop the paper from arriving at your home, and have the utilities put on hold while you are gone. You will also need someone to keep an eye on the house for you – a trusted friend/neighbor or family members – to make sure the doors and windows haven't been tampered with. You might also want to get a timer that will turn a light on or off at certain times of the day or night, to make it look as though someone is home.

Just make sure that wherever you are going has the type of weather you do best in. For example, in Florida, your winters will be around a high of 60 degrees, and the weather will be on the moist side. In Arizona, the average temperatures will be a little warmer during the day, and much drier.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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