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How to Tackle Multiple Sclerosis and Heat

By Daryl H. Bryant (434 words)
Posted in Living with MS on July 18, 2017

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How to Tackle Multiple Sclerosis and Heat

Summer is heating up, and many people with MS see a significant increase in multiple sclerosis symptoms in summer. If you experience heat intolerance and MS, you may feel like you have to stay shut inside all summer while everyone else enjoys the sun. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a few tips for how to tackle the summer heat and combat your MS heat intolerance symptoms - without having to give up the fun you enjoy.

Products to Beat Summer Heat and MS

Summer is the season of festivals, boating, vacations, and other outdoor activities. It’s important to take time for yourself, and if you enjoy being outside, you shouldn’t let the heat stop you. Thankfully, there are many cooling products out there to keep you cool. From mini fans with built-in water sprayers (as cheap as a few dollars) to cooling vests and portable air conditioners, there are plenty of gadgets that will give you the freedom to enjoy your favorite activities.

Tips to Beat Summer Heat and MS

In addition to cooling products, be sure to wear loose fitting clothes in light colors to reflect sunlight. Dark colored clothing will absorb the sun’s rays, increasing your body temperature more quickly. It’s also important to make sure that your body is able to sweat the way it needs to. Many people who have MS related bladder problems don’t drink as much water as they should because they don’t want to deal with bladder control problems. Unfortunately, not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration quickly in the summer heat, and if your body can’t sweat, it can’t regulate your temperature.

Beat Summer Heat and MS in Your House

Air conditioning can be expensive, depending on where you live. Thankfully, many states have systems in place to help you with your utility bill if you have a medical condition, such as MS, that may lead to increased energy consumption. Look into your particular state’s rules and get the help you need. You may also want to consider using a crockpot to cook since it produces less heat, or at least avoid using the oven unless you absolutely have to. Other ways to cool your home include having a window air conditioning unit in the room you use the most and spending time on lower levels of your home.

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. With these tips, you should be able to tackle the summer heat head on, enjoy the things you love about summer, and do so without triggering MS heat intolerance symptoms.

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