Try These Nifty Home Remedies If MS Has You Overheated

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

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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.

One particularly tough summer, I knew I had to come up with some home remedies to combat my heat intolerance so I could enjoy being outside again.

Here are some of the best I came up with; they may help you too. 

Neck Coolers

By far my favorite solution is making your own neck coolers by following the instructions found on the Operation Home Front website. A small amount of water-absorbing crystals actually used to keep plants moist get sewn 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. 


Try this simple trick: 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. One reader suggests storing these 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.

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, or you can buy the manual from for a reasonable price.

Of course, there are a large variety of personal cooling products available for purchase, including different types of vests, neck bands and hats. Some of them are outlined in my review of Top 10 Multiple Sclerosis Cooling Products. And don't forget the simple steps you can take, such as running errands at sundown or making sure to carry an umbrella with you to block the sun. 

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