Avoid heat to beat multiple sclerosis August 29, 2008Posted by Rebecca Hoover in Heat - how to cope with it.
Heat is a special problem for many with MS. When exposed to heat, a person with MS may experience increased numbness, weakness, fatigue and a worsening of symptoms. This is not at all pleasant. Also, even frightening, some forensic doctors warn that MS patients have died from heat exposure. Excess heat needs to be taken seriously.
Those with MS often choose to avoid hot tubs, bathtubs (preferring showers) and warm areas whether they are inside or outside. Also, it is wise to have some coping strategies ready for dealing with heat. Air conditioners are solutions as are fans. Wearing 100% natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, silk and linen will help you stay cool. For some reason, fabrics that are even 1% synthetic will not be as cool as those made from 100% natural fabrics.
Wonderful more recent solutions are cooling vests. These vests are available for no cost for those with moderate incomes from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. (Please note the application form at this association includes pictures of what the different cooling kits include.)
Be ready to deal with heat. Staying cool if you have MS is smart and will help you sizzle.
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Please remember to consult with your doctors about how to stay as healthy as possible. Nothing here should be interpreted as medical advice. Instead, please use the information you find here in your discussions with your doctor.
Copyright 2008 Rebecca Hoover
Tags: Heat, MS, Multiple Sclerosis