Heat-induced fatigue and MS

An estimated 60–80% of MS patients experience temporary worsening of their symptoms with heat exposure.  Overheated people generally find that they are more tired and sluggish, and this effect is magnified when there is an underlying problem such as multiple sclerosis. As a result, many people with MS find that heat can cause their symptoms to worsen.

Depending on the location of the nerve damage in the body, symptoms may include:

  • increased heart rate
  • sweating
  • dizziness
  • muscle weakness
  • slowed reaction times
  • reduced energy
  • difficulties with attention and concentration

Even small increases – as little as 0.5ºF – in core body temperature can increase symptoms, but the good news is that the symptoms are generally quickly reversed when the body temperature returns to normal.

Cooling wristbands or neckbands are a convenient and economical way to regulate the body temperature.  Blood flow is closest to the surface at the neck and wrist, so the cooling effect is most efficient here. The Koolabanda cooling scarf can both be worn next to the skin or over clothing, and is designed to maintain body temperatures at a comfortable level.

If you suffer from heat-induced MS symptoms, why not give Koolabanda a try?  Buy one now from our online shop.

References:
Heat Sensitivity – MS Trust
Keep Cool: Multiple Sclerosis and Heat Tolerance – United States Department of Veterans Affairs

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