Whether you live in a place where it’s warm all year round. Or are looking forward to a summer vacation to relieve the cold sensitivity. Heat is something you’ll have to deal with in the coming months.
However, for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and some other neurological disorders. High temperatures can make symptoms worse.In fact, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Heatstroke, defined as a guide in terms of temperature, irritates the nerves and can lead to brain swelling and numbness.
One of the biggest challenges of living with MS is managing the invisible disability. When using a medication, walking, or staying indoors can exacerbate your symptoms. Even if you feel accomplished. Constant challenges make controlling your condition nearly impossible, leading to a downward spiral where your condition becomes worse.
If you’ve ever worked in a healthcare setting, you’ve likely met people like Krista. She and her friends experience such unpredictable meltdowns that there’s a term for them. “euphoric reactions.”. Like many others living with MS. I understand the difficulty in managing life while caring for a loved one with this debilitating condition.
One of the biggest challenges of living with MS is managing the invisible disability.
Living with MS can be tough. Especially for those whose condition makes it hard for them to adapt and take care of themselves. It’s essential that you learn how to navigate this difficult time. For those with MS who aren’t homeless, navigating unbearable heat is even more difficult.
As you prepare for the coronavirus pandemic. And prepare to do what you can to protect your loved ones and yourself. It’s important to know when to take precautions and what to do when you feel uncomfortable. Here are five things to know if you’re living with MS and suffering cold sensitivity.
Always consult your healthcare professional before modifying your diet or modifying your medication schedule for MS, especially during a pandemic. Your MS doctor will be the one to help you determine if any changes can help manage your symptoms.
According to the Mayo Clinic, people with MS often experience oedema (swelling) around the face, hands, feet, and lower legs. When oedema occurs, it can temporarily restrict blood flow to the feet, causing them to swell. The Edema Coalition estimates there are 3 to 7 million Americans with MS.
Preventing oedema and swelling in your affected body parts can help manage symptoms and reduce your risk of complications. Fortunately, many foods are compatible with managing common symptoms associated with MS, like clearing the lunchroom moai. Try eating more of these foods:
- If you’ve recently been diagnosed with MS, restricting foods might seem like a daunting task. However, according to New York State Thrombosis Prevention Guidelines, you should focus on restricting foods that cause or increase inflammation.
As a result, knowing when to seek medical attention can be key in reducing symptoms and conserving lives.
Seek medical attention if your symptoms get worse or if you experience unexplained weakness or muscle loss.ALS Association
MS is a condition that can affect both adults and children, and smoking is a major risk factor.
Heating and Cooling Vents
While you might not think looking at your outdoor patio for too long will make you reach for the heating vents. Lung damage is a real possibility during hot summer months.
If you’re experiencing symptoms that would qualify you as ‘chronic,’ contact your physician right away. If you do have a painful cough and your physician suspects you may have lung problems . Or a lung infection, you should seek medical care right away.ALS Association
Certain respiratory issues, including asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Can make symptoms worse and may require medical attention. So be sure to consult a doctor if you’ve had the following symptoms for more than a week:
- shortness of breath
- a chest pain
- a cough
Sometimes, lung problems can cause people with MS to lose consciousness. While they’re unwillingly coughing, for example. Or other times, MS can exacerbate existing symptoms deeper in the body. Where the inflammation, crusting, and scarring can make breathing more difficult.
If you experience any unexplained swelling (swelling that’s larger than just a normal pimple or bump) in your chest, lungs, throat, or throat, call 911 or seek emergency medical care right away. Severe swelling can be a warning sign that you have a life-threatening condition.
It can also happen suddenly after a heavy exercise session. Or, less commonly, after using alcohol, prescription pain killers, or illicit drugs. Doctors also know that sudden or severe chest pain is a strong indicator that you have toxic ingestions or exposures behind your pain.
For example, if you have severe chest pain, vomiting, or uncertainty about your heartbeat, seek medical attention right away. If you experience facial swelling and can’t identify facial swelling as a symptom, seek medical attention.
Body’s Core Temperature
While hot temperatures will naturally increase your risk of getting a cold or the flu. It’s worth noting that the virus prevalence varies greatly from place to place.
Your mitochondria are your cellular temperature controllers. So malfunctioning mitochondria will make you very aware of cold sensitivity.
the flu has remained largely stable. Or declined significantly in the United States from its peak in the winter of 2017–2018 (when vaccine distributions began).Centres for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC also notes that the flu Seasonal Epidemiology and Dynamics report “has shown a muted seasonal pattern in the United States.
When the weather warms up, your body’s core temperature increases, which can make you feel hot, dizzy, or lightheaded. These symptoms can range from mild, like a run-of-the-mill headache. To more serious, like blurred vision, fainting, convulsions, and, in some cases, coma.
Conversely, the approach of winter makes you much more aware of your cold sensitivity.
It’s not surprising that having to go outside in hot weather. While wearing a mask, can be uncomfortable for people with conditions that affect the immune system.
Research has shown that as air temperatures increase outdoors, blood flow to the skin is impaired. This can make it super uncomfortable to sit, lie down, or lie flat-footed on a cool day.Arlette Biros-Mendez, from Harvard University
We’ve known for a while that disability groups that live in high heat. Like those with MS and AIDS, have an increased risk of developing severe cases of the disease in early life. “Because the body needs to adapt to the abnormally high temperature. There may not be enough blood flow to the brain, heart, or other organs. In these folks, and that can lead to seizures, heart attacks, or organ failures.”
Debilitating Neurological Conditions
People with MS, AIDS, and other debilitating neurological conditions. Who increase their exposure to the sun’s UV radiation (which warms the air) risks developing an autoimmune condition called ‘Sun-induced Encephalopathy’. The condition causes neurons in the brain and spinal cord to die. And results in loss of memory, aphasia, and other cognitive impairments.
While we all want to keep safe and avoid getting skin cancer. Neglecting to wear sunscreen or not wearing a sun protection factor (SPF) rating on your clothing (or not wearing clothing at all) can contribute to higher rates of skin cancer.
I think I’ve gotten better about wearing sunscreen. Because I had people around me who told me. To use sunscreen and some of my doctors recommended it for me.Stefany K. Green, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
When it’s 85 degrees outside. Wearing a ‘good’ sunscreen that gives you an SPF rating. Might be all that’s needed to protect your skin from damage and premature ageing.
However, if your SPF is lower than its recommended maximum of 15, you’re more at risk for getting skin cancer.