Heat and multiple sclerosis, what can you do.

blog2Many people with MS are experiencing a temporary worsening of symptoms during this current heatwave. You might feel fatigued, or experience an increase in pain, or feel cognitive symptoms are worse. A change in body temperature can also give rise to Uhthoff’s Sign – causing blurred vision. See Visual Symptoms Choices leaflet.

Although uncomfortable, such symptoms are temporary and will resolve when the body is cooled down.

Air conditioning can be very nice but if that isn’t available then a fan in every room is a second best. Items such as Kool-Ties and Cooling Vests can be helpful. The Kool-Ties work for up to three days by cooling the whole body and particularly the blood flowing to the carotid arteries. Cooling Vests have special cooling crystals incorporated into the material and are soaked in cold water, holding the temperature for a substantial period of time.

Other strategies to help keep cool in hot weather include taking regular cold drinks, wrapping a damp towel around your neck, using ice in a tray of water in front of fan to create an air-conditioning effect.

For more detailed information, see our Choices leaflets on Fatigue and MS symptoms.

You can also contact our MS advisors on the MS-UK Helpline, either by phone in the UK 0800 783 0518, or worldwide using our Live Web Chat service. or emailing info@ms-uk.org

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About MS-UK

MS-UK was established in 1993, and is a national charity dedicated to empowering people with multiple sclerosis to make the most of today, and live life to the full. We put people affected by MS at the heart of our work. We provide high quality, professional services to support people living with multiple sclerosis, and we listen to people affected by MS.
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