18 Tips to Survive Multiple Sclerosis Heat Sensitivity

18 Tips for Multiple Sclerosis Heat Attacks During Summer Months

Common Sense Things To Do To Survive MS Heat Attacks During the Summer

When summer arrives most of us experience increased symptoms with our Multiple Sclerosis because of the effects that the heat and humidity.  Living in the South, as I do, the humidity plays almost as big of a roll in how I do as the heat does, and there really isn’t any escaping that. What you do to protect yourself during these summer months are extremely important to help keep MS manageable and under control.

The most useful advice that most people give to assist you with keeping cool are:

  • If possible schedule all outdoor activity in early mornings or late evenings to avoid being out in the heat of the day
  • Keeping well hydrated drinking a lot of cold non-caffeine liquids
  • Where light colored, light weight, loose clothing made of cotton if possible to avoid keeping moisture next to your body
  • Wear a cooling vest or keeping zip lock bags of ice handy for you to keep next to your body
  • Use umbrella’s or other items such as hats to avoid direct sun on you
  • Take frequent cool showers to bring down your body heat
  • Keep your home cool by keeping ceiling fans on going and adding circular fans in rooms most used such as kitchen, bedrooms, and living room
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed during the heat of the day to avoid heating up the house
  • Run clothes dryer early in the morning or late in the evening
  • Use a grill or crockpot in place of the oven to avoid heating up the house; which means planning meals ahead
  • If you exercise at home, do this in a room with low lights, keeping a ceiling fan and a circular fan on you while exercising. Be sure to replenish the fluids you lose through sweating

Summer and MS Heat Attacks

Summer heat can also cause a disruption in your sleep which in turn can cause increase in symptoms. Sleep is important because it is the healing time for our bodies; and those of us with MS already have difficulties obtaining good sleep without adding heat into the mix. A few of the things that can be done to assist with sleep during summer months is by:

  • Avoid a heavy, spicy meals a couple of hours before bed
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks starting late afternoon
  • Take a shower or bath prior to going to bed
  • Read a book or do a relaxing activity in low lighting before going to sleep
  • Turn off the television, radio, and lights when going to sleep to avoid interruption in your sleep
  • Sleep in loose cool clothing preferable cotton
  • Sleep on clean straighten cotton sheets to protect your body from moisture and uncomfortable wrinkles

Most of all these suggestions are common sense things but ultimately doing everything you know to keep your body cool and enhancing sleep to cut back on things that could cause problems with your Multiple Sclerosis is important. Look at your medications and talk with your doctor if possibly changing the time of day in which you take them will also limit your discomfort during these difficult temperatures. You are the one who knows your routine and what things can need to be changed or added to help with decreasing flare-ups or exacerbations.

Great Read: Multiple Sclerosis Patients Especially Sensitive To Heat by Healthline

MS Blogger and Multiple Sclerosis Activist shares her journey living with MS, tips for others living MS and her husband, Steve, offers his insight as a caregiver for MS.