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Tips for Multiple Sclerosis

Cooling and Beating the

Heat During A Heat Wave

When it comes to Multiple Sclerosis cooling and the effects of heat on aggravating the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, hot weather can become unbearable or even down right dangerous for those of us diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Finding ways to reduce how overheated you can become with Multiple Sclerosis is vital for reducing the MS symptoms that are aggravated by the effects of heat on your nervous system.

But what can help you with cooling off?

Well...I myself have also been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and when a heat wave strikes (where the temperature outside soars to above 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above 32 degrees Celsius for at least 3 days in a row) --

...then it is very difficult for me too to cool off to reduce the problems that do tend to occur from the effects of heat on aggravating the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

If you don't have a pool or can't get in a pool or you can't drive or for some other reason you can't find something to help you with finding relief to the heat, then what can you do?

What can help you with cooling off with Multiple Sclerosis, when the weather gets too hot for you to handle it?

Tips for helping you for finding relief, with Multiple Sclerosis cooling can include:

* Air Conditioning

This can be a very expensive option and if you can't afford to run an air conditioner, then you can't afford it.

Another consideration with air conditioning, for people with Multiple Sclerosis is that n some cases, using air conditioning can cause MS nerve pain.

If this is something you are experiencing, I would suggest going to a public place, that has air conditioning, like a mall, a grocery store, a library or some other public place that is indoors...

...since their air conditioning is usually not kept as cold and see if this helps you to find relief to the heat, without causing you the Multiple Sclerosis nerve pain.

* Running 1 or more Fans in the room that you are in

This doesn't sound as good as air conditioning, but it can help you to cool off more than you may think, initially.

Just moving the air around can feel cooler to some degree.

* Wet your Skin or your Head for Evaporative Cooling

One of the major problems that most people, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, can have happen is that MS can shut down the ability for your body to sweat.

When your body sweats, this helps the body to cool off when the sweat evaporate.

Sweating also helps to detoxify the body, which can also help to reduce internal body heat to some degree.

When you have problems with your body not sweating, like it should, this can greatly increase how much you overheat.

When you put water on your skin and wet your hair on your head and sit in front of a fan, this can help your body to cool off as the water evaporates.

The body loses about 60 to 70 percent of its internal body heat through the head, so wetting your head and sitting in front of a fan can help very much in helping you to cool off.

* Putting water on the skin of the arms, legs, hands, feet, face, neck, upper chest or middle of the back (as far down as you can reach) and sitting in front of a running fan can also help tremendously in cooling off you body, since these areas are either hotter or have a larger surface area to better aid in evaporative cooling.

If you can't afford air conditioning or you cant tolerate air conditioning, this way of cooling off can help a large amount.

* Use Ice Packs

Ice packs can help to some degree, but they are difficult to keep them where they help the most, because they freeze rigid.

Drink More Water -- Keeping Hydrated

Drinking larger amounts of ice water or very cold water can help, if your body can handle it.

Sometimes it is more difficult for the body to deal with drinking very cold water.

Keeping hydrated during hot weather can help tremendously in reducing feeling dizzy, feeling like passing out, or developing more severe conditions like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which can land you in the hospital or even become more life threatening.

When it comes to Multiple Sclerosis cooling, there are a cooling devices, that are sold, both online and off line, that can help with bringing, those of us with Multiple Sclerosis relief from the heat.

Cooling Devices, that can help your body to cool off, can include wearing any of the following:

* cooling hat

* cooling vest

* cooling bandana

* cooling banditos

I found a website, which has a way to purchase any or all of the cooling devices mentioned above for helping with Multiple Sclerosis cooling, including cooling hats, cooling vests, cooling bandanas, cooling banditos and the like.

I have included a link to a website, where you can purchase any of the cooling devices mentioned, but keep in mind, they are very busy during the hot months of the year...

...and it can take up to 3 or 4 days for them to ship out an order, because these cooling devices are in high demand during hotter weather, especially for those of us, who have Multiple Sclerosis.

Please be patient with this company, since they don't sound like they are a very big company, but they are doing the best that they can in shipping out the orders, as quickly as they can...

...since the demand is so high for their cooling products this year, because of there being longer periods of more extreme heat more often this year, in many places.

I ordered the banditos, myself, because they are tied around the neck and cover the shoulders and the middle of the back with fabric that is filled with beads that can be soaked in water, which react with the water and become cold.

I think the banditos can be put in the freezer too to make them colder, since this is what I am planning on doing with the ones that I ordered.

...but I will let you know about how it works with putting them in the freezer, to see if they can handle being frozen to make them colder.

The Bandanas do work for helping with cooling too, since they are tied around the neck and help to cool the blood in the veins of the neck, which helps to cool the blood that is circulated throughout the body, but the banditos cover a larger area, and if the cold can be tolerated, they may be more effective in helping to cool you off when you are overheated.

I have used the bandanas before, but not the banditos, so I will let you know more about what I find, when I can compare how effective they both are at cooling the body when it comes to Multiple Sclerosis cooling.

If you would like to find out more about banditos or see a picture of what they look like, click on the link below to find out more about them.

Also -- this company for this website does ship internationally, if you are outside of the USA.

If you are searching for any of these cooling devices, listed above,
click on the link to learn more --
cooling devices for MS

If you are interested in learning more about Multiple Sclerosis and the challenges that can be included with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, click on the link --
Multiple Sclerosis articles.

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