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How to Survive Summer Heat Intolerance

June 8, 2017

Summer is just around the corner. Although many people are making plans and enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s different for someone with multiple sclerosis (MS). Long hours in the sun and heat may affect MS. MS patients need to be cautious about spending too much time in the sun. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, an elevated temperature can impair the ability of a demyelinated nerve to conduct electrical impulses. This means that when the body is overheated, it doesn’t function properly because the myelin covering the nerves is damaged. Therefore, activities such as sunbathing, biking, and walking outdoors can cause heat intolerance. If you are feeling the heat, here are some ways to help cool you down:

  • Ice and ice packs: Try placing ice or ice packs on your wrist, the back of your neck, or chest.
  • Plan ahead: Wherever you’re going with the change of hanging out in the sun, make sure to plan ahead for the heat. If you’re going to the beach, bring an umbrella and beach chair away from the sun. If you’re going on an airplane, train, bus, or in a car, sit away from the sun. Pack a cooling devise, or ask for ice on a train or plane.
  • Pay attention to your body: If you’re noticing symptoms, like weakness or vision problems, it’s your body’s way of telling you it’s had enough in the heat.
  • Clothing: Wear lightweight, breathable, and loose clothing
  • Drinks: Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. You can also try making popsicles ahead of time or an icy, nonalcoholic drink.
  • Water: Swim in a cool pool or ocean. You can also take a cool bath to reduce the core temperature of your body.

Via MS News Today