With the forecasted extreme heat & humidity, patients with chronic health conditions need to be extra cautious. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients need to be aware of Uhthoff’s phenomenon. Uhthoff’s is damage to the optic nerve. It interferes with the transmission of signals between the eyes and the brain. Symptoms include blurry or reduced vision, and is very pronounced with an elevated body temperature. Click this link for more information on Uhthoff’s phenomenon.
The good news is that heat only generates a temporary worsening of symptoms. So keeping cool in a heat wave is essential. Whether it is in air conditioning or a cool body of water or misting yourself, it is essential to keep your body during a heat wave. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is also a good resource for information and support.
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