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A lot of things influence MS, and Multiple Sclerosis comes with a wide variety of symptoms.  However, there are also some major drawbacks when it comes to living with multiple sclerosis, and one of them is heat intolerance.

If for people who don’t have Multiple Sclerosis heat is never something pleasant, especially intense heat – let’s all take a moment and remember the torrid summer days - people with Multiple sclerosis are affected by heat more.
Hot environments, hot days, summer sun, and other situations in which the temperature is high can cause big problems to multiple sclerosis patients. Extreme heat is known to cause extreme weakness in Multiple Sclerosis patients, and needless to say, if a Multiple Sclerosis patient is in a bathtub there is always the risk of drowning, or if he or she is in a sauna, there is the risk of respiratory arrest.

Now,  as it is to be expected, Multiple Sclerosis patients need to avoid any situations which can cause them to be exposed to extreme temperatures. However, we all know that this isn’t always possible – people need to go to work, need to get out of the house, and need to have fun, right? So, how can Multiple Sclerosis patients keep cool, and what symptoms do cooling relief?

Cooling has been reported to improve fatigue, dexterity,  balance, mobility, cognitive functions and speech difficulties.

Now, there are plenty of tricks to keep you cool:
-    You should wear silk or cotton rather than polyester or other man-made fibers, because these don’t allow the skin to breathe
-    You should eat cool foods – ice cream anybody? Cool cucumbers in the summer are known to be really refreshing and they cool down the body’s temperature.
-    You should also drink lots of chilled fluids – ice tea, iced water, lemonade, natural juice, etc – whatever you like to drink ( except alcohol of course, because it dehydrates you and increases you body’s temperature)
-    Try some of the cooling products on the market. You’ll find plenty. We recommend that you try things that contain cucumber, aloe, menthol.
-    What can be more refreshing and cooling than a cool shower (not a cold one, you really don’t want to catch a cold). It’s recommended that you start with warm water, and gradually turn it to cool

One thing that proved to work better than air (cool air from air conditioning for example) is water.  This is why, it is recommended, that besides the air conditioning on, to take a cold shower or a dip in a pool – this will help you get your temperature down faster than sitting in an air conditioned room.

Of course, these are only a few proven tricks. You can also buy cooling packs, and cooling suits, but it can be pretty uncomfortable wearing them, so it’s entirely up to you whether you chose to buy one or not.

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0 # Joseph 2013-02-03 08:19
Why oh why when most ... start talking, like they know about MS, leave out the number one reason for MS suicide?  It's pain! Horrific, unrelenting pain!  I suggest when speaking or writing on the suicide of MS patients they have the know all of what is being put forth!
I have been fighting this pain for 30 years and I am losing the will. ( no pun on "the will") to live.
MSy Joe
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