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How can you ease multiple sclerosis symptoms?

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Tips to help ease symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS):

  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Extreme temperatures may worsen your symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Avoid exercise on hot and humid days, and never exercise to the point of fatigue.
  • Use air conditioning. If hot and humid conditions worsen your MS, try to stay in cool and dry areas as much as possible. A home air conditioner may be tax-deductible for some people with MS; talk to your doctor. Some people use a cooling vest on extremely warm days.

SOURCES: 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Heat & Temperature Sensitivity."

United States Department of Veterans Affairs -- Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence: "Keep Cool: Multiple Sclerosis and Heat Tolerance."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 16, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Heat & Temperature Sensitivity."

United States Department of Veterans Affairs -- Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence: "Keep Cool: Multiple Sclerosis and Heat Tolerance."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 16, 2018

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