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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 --
larger amounts of ice water or very cold water can help, if your body
can handle it.
it is more difficult for the body to deal with drinking very cold water.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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