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How can you avoid heat to prevent multiple sclerosis (MS) flare-ups?

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High temperatures may trigger a relapse. If you’re one of those people affected by warm surroundings, you should skip saunas, hot tubs, and hot showers and baths. Most of the time hot weather causes fatigue. Also, do what you can to avoid being outdoors on hot days.

A cool bath and air conditioning are two things that can help. Special hats or clothes that hold ice packs or frozen gel packs can also keep you comfortable. There are also special vests that use a motorized system to circulate cold water around the body. If you have an exercise goal, divide the time you exercise into smaller segments, with rest after each one.

From: What Causes an MS Flare-Up? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Managing Relapses.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life With MS Easier.”

MS Society (UK): “Relapsing Remitting (RRMS).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

NYU Langone Medical Center: “What Happens When Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stop Taking Their Medication?”

Stress and Health: " Impact of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Meditation on Perceived Stress Levels in Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer Outpatients."

MSFocus Magazine: “Be Cool with Active and Passive Cooling Garments Options for People with MS.”

British Medical Journal : "Association between stressful life events and exacerbation in multiple sclerosis: a meta-analysis."

Neurology Research International: " Meditation as an Adjunct to the Management of Multiple Sclerosis."

Herb Karpatkin, PT, DSc, assistant professor, Hunter College, New York.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Managing Relapses.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life With MS Easier.”

MS Society (UK): “Relapsing Remitting (RRMS).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

NYU Langone Medical Center: “What Happens When Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stop Taking Their Medication?”

Stress and Health: " Impact of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Meditation on Perceived Stress Levels in Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer Outpatients."

MSFocus Magazine: “Be Cool with Active and Passive Cooling Garments Options for People with MS.”

British Medical Journal : "Association between stressful life events and exacerbation in multiple sclerosis: a meta-analysis."

Neurology Research International: " Meditation as an Adjunct to the Management of Multiple Sclerosis."

Herb Karpatkin, PT, DSc, assistant professor, Hunter College, New York.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

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