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How does keeping up with my health prevent multiple sclerosis flare-ups?

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A bout of cold or flu can set off your multiple sclerosis symptoms. A bladder infection can also trigger a flare-up. Wash your hands with warm water and soap during the day, get your yearly flu shot, and avoid people who look sick. Stay hydrated. Ask your doctor for other ways to avoid bladder infections.

Cleveland Clinic: "Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life with MS Easier."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Acthar Gel."

Multiple Sclerosis Society (UK): "Managing Relapses," "Relapsing Remitting (RRMS)."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Managing Relapses."

Ontaneda, D.  , October-December 2009. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology

Paturel, A.  , January/February 2009. Neurology Now

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

Cleveland Clinic: "Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life with MS Easier."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Acthar Gel."

Multiple Sclerosis Society (UK): "Managing Relapses," "Relapsing Remitting (RRMS)."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Managing Relapses."

Ontaneda, D.  , October-December 2009. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology

Paturel, A.  , January/February 2009. Neurology Now

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

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