Managing MS in The Summer Heat
- by Mark O.
- August 14, 2017
Mark O. is a paid Advocate for Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Summertime for millions of people is a time to take family vacations, bask in the sunshine, go to the beach, do yardwork and outdoor activities, work on home improvements, and more. However, for some living with multiple sclerosis (MS), even the word “summer” immediately brings to mind that dreaded word: HEAT. Personally, I’ve found that with some creativity, adaptation, planning, and time management, summer can be a very enjoyable time of year.
During the summer, water is my best friend because it calms my nerves and gives me a sense of relaxation. I carry a spray bottle with me everywhere I go so I can spray the back of my neck or mist my face when the heat really starts to affect me. On some very hot days, I may take two to three showers or a lukewarm bath just to let the water calm and cool me down. Sometimes I simply run my hands under the sink with cool water or choose to wear my cooling vest on hot summer days. There are even days I place ice packs against the back of my neck or on my wrists for short intervals to keep cool in the summer heat. They provide instant relief for me and make my summer days more enjoyable.
When it comes to being outside in the summer, I enjoy it, but I find I have to manage my time in the heat wisely. Remembering to wear lightweight moisture-wicking fabrics to keep my skin cooler, I may do light yardwork very early in the morning before the sun comes up or in the early evening right before it sets. Overall, it may take longer to do yardwork or other activities, but that’s alright because slow and steady wins the race.
Summertime can still be fun and I have learned to be as creative as possible to beat the summer heat.
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