5 tips for keeping cool with MS

June 26, 2018

5 tips for handling heat with ms

Heather is from the UK and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago. She has been following the OMS Recovery Program ever since. She has her own blog ‘Living with Dizzy’, where she documents her adventures with MS, with the help of her trusted companion, the knitted donkey Dizzy.

It looks like summer may be finally be here! And Dizzy and I are definitely noticing an increase in temperature. We’ve always loved the summer but since having MS it can be a difficult time. This is because heat can make MS symptoms extra grumpy!

In people with MS, heat can cause nerves, which have already been affected by MS, to conduct electrical signals less efficiently than they may already be. This can lead to a temporary increase in symptoms, such as fatigue and dizziness. Therefore it is super important to keep cool during the warmer weather, and hopefully enjoy the summer instead of hiding away and hoping it goes away soon (which I have done during one or two of them).

With this in mind, Dizzy and I have compiled a list of our top five tips for keeping cool with MS.

1. Drink lots of water

It’s really important to keep hydrated in the warm weather. It is also best to drink regularly throughout the day instead of trying to get your daily amount all in one go. 

2. Wear thin clothing

Clothing that is lightweight and lose is best to wear when trying to keep cool. If you also suffer in the cold you can put a light cardigan in your bag to pop on when visiting the super chilly air conditioned shops.

3. Carry a cooling kit

I keep a cooling kit with me all the time (even in the winter!). This can just contain a couple of items that can help to immediately make you cooler. Mine includes cooling spray, a fan and water.

4. Stay in the shade

It’s great being out in the sun but by staying in the shade you can still enjoy the nice weather without getting too hot.

5. Do things to help cool you down

This could mean having an OMS-friendly ice cream during the day (my favorite) or having a cool bath in the evening. This can help relieve any symptoms that may have sprung up during the day.

What are you top tips for helping keep cool? Share them in the comments below.


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5 thoughts on ‘5 tips for keeping cool with MS

  1. Hello, I love passing my time near water, mostly near swimming pool. I found out that I feel much better when I spend some time in cold swimming pool water. So, I do it as often as possible, during hot days almost dayly. After the swimming, I feel well. I love it.

  2. Drinking loads of water- a little at a time, is probably the most effective means for me to stay cool. Except for the obvious- don’t wear a duffle coat in the Sauna (in fact, avoid Saunas altogether!), keep in the shade, keep your house ventilated don’t have too many bedclothes, and turn the central heating off!

  3. We have invested in air conditioning in the bedroom – a life saver this year. Place for recovery time too.
    There are now many portable air cooling / conditioning machines available online.

  4. With the hot weather, I find sitting under a cool shower or sitting in a shallow cool bath does the trip – – Refreshing!!!

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