MS and higher temperatures

Posted on 2 August 2019 in Tips & tricks

When the temperate rises, it becomes more difficult for the nerves to pass along electrical messages through the body. Over 60% of people with MS say their symptoms get worse in the heat (MS Society, 2019). This can affect things like balance, fatigue or result in changes to your vision. Though unpleasant, worsening of symptoms due to higher temperatures won’t result in permanent damage to the nerves. These side effects tend to be temporary – though it may take a few days to recover if you do end up overheating.

Here at the Al-Araji Specialist MS Clinic, we want to help you to keep cool this summer, so we’ve compiled our Top 10 Tips for dealing with the warmer weather below.

Top 10 Tips for keeping cool:

  1. Take a cold bath or shower
  2. Avoid sunbathing / direct sunlight where possible
  3. Wear a sunhat when outside
  4. Use ice cubes in cold drinks
  5. Try a cold flannel on your head/shoulders
  6. Try having ice lollies
  7. Drink plenty of water
  8. Wear light coloured, loose clothing
  9. Avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day
  10. Try a cooling pillow for sleep

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