If you have multiple sclerosis, chances are summertime is
your least favorite time of year. Even with the air conditioner cranked up, the
glaring sun can trigger your MS symptoms to flare. Beat the heat with these seven
1. Seek out cool spots. Movie theaters, shopping
malls, and indoor pools are all great places to spend time during extreme heat.
And being inside also means you don’t have to slather on as much sunscreen.
2. Eat cold or room temperature foods, like
sandwiches and salads, rather than hot, heavy meals. These items can also be
easier and faster to prepare — saving you time and effort.
3. Buy several ice packs and rotate them out so you
always have one in your freezer when you need it. Place them on the back of
your neck or under your arms or legs for instant relief.
4. Avoid the hassle of blow-drying or straightening
your hair and embrace your natural curls instead. Not only will this simplify
your morning beauty routine, but it will also relieve you of the frustration of
dealing with these devices.
5. Fill a spray bottle with cold water and mist
yourself when you’re looking for a cool down. And since it’s portable, it can
be especially handy when you find yourself outside during the heat of the day.
6. Sip on a slushy, polish off an ice pop, or indulge
in an ice cream cone for temporary relief. Not only are these treats tasty, but
they can lower your core body temperature too.
7. Run your bedroom ceiling fan or use a plug-in
fan at night to help you sleep. Also, cotton sheets allow your skin to breathe
better and absorb sweat.