Home Remedies To Keep You Cool If You Have MS

If you're tired of being trapped inside, these strategies can help.

Staying Cool with Multiple Sclerosis
Staying Cool with Multiple Sclerosis. Michael Lofenfeld Photography/Getty Images

For those of you with multiple sclerosis who also suffer from heat intolerance, you know the feeling— everything slows way down in the heat, while a parade of MS symptoms marches through your body. Then, you get cool again, and things come back into focus.

Here are some home remedies to help you stay cool with multiple sclerosis:

Neck Coolers

You can make your own neck cooler by sewing a small amount of water-absorbing polymer crystals (used to keep plants moist) into strips of fabric.

After the cooler is finished, you soak it in water for up to 60 minutes until the crystals turn into gel and then store it in the refrigerator. The neat thing about these is that you can “regenerate” them by soaking them for just a couple of minutes and popping them back on—even while you are outside. 

Washcloths

Take ordinary washcloths, wet them, wring out the excess water and put each one in an individual, resealable sandwich bag. Store several of these in the freezer to grab as you are going out the door. A wet washcloth held up to the face or draped along the back of your neck can keep you going for a while, even after it isn’t cold anymore.

Spray Bottles

Evian makes pressurized bottles of water in different sizes specifically for spraying on the face. You can even store them in the fridge for a quick way to cool down. You can also try spritzing yourself with water using a clean bottle designed for misting plants.

Ice-Cold Drinks and Treats

When you are feeling well, stock up on some yummy drinks and treats that you can store in your freezer for hot days. For instance, consider freezing seedless grapes for a healthy, delicious popsicle. Or use frozen berries in a blender with 100 percent fruit juice and low-fat yogurt or milk to create a smoothie.

Flavor ice cold water with cucumbers, limes, or lemons to spritz up your day and keep you cool.

Cooling Vests 

For those of you who are serious about being outside for long periods in the summer, you may want to investigate making your own cooling vest. These vests can keep you very comfortable for several hours, even while being pretty active in hot weather. It seems that you can sign up for a free course on making a cooling vest. Of course, there are a large variety of personal cooling products available for purchase, including different types of vests, neck bands and hats.

A Word from Verywell

Don't forget the simple steps you can take too to stay cool such as running errands at sundown or carrying an umbrella with you to block the sun. Wearing breathable, loost-fitting clothes will also keep you cool—and comfy (a double bonus).

Sources:

American Heart Association. About Fruits and Vegetables.

Operation Gratitude. (April 2011). Keeping the Troops Cool with Cool-Ties in 2016.

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